Represented by United Agents
Paul Holbrook is an award-winning writer/director. A proud working-class Bristolian, he was born and bred in Hartcliffe - a council estate in the South West of England.
Despite a lack of formal education, Paul started out as a screenwriter, writing feature-length scripts for the spec market and made encouraging progress, advancing in various industry-backed screenwriting competitions including Page, Shore, Screencraft and in 2018 made the final 1% of The Academy Nicholl Fellowship (The Oscars). He has also made the final stages of the BBC Writersroom, the later stages of iShorts, and has been selected for industry-backed mentoring and career development through Creative England, Bafta, and the BFI.
After years of honing his writing craft, Paul eventually moved into film-making too, driven by a passion to develop and direct his own work he has written and directed a plethora of successful short films across varying genres including comedy, drama, sci-fi, and horror. His work fuses real-world authenticity, British social realism, and genre flair. His films have screened and won numerous awards at Bafta, BIFA, and Oscar-qualifiers festivals around the world including Palm Springs, BFI London, Encounters, and Aesthetica.
His short film Hungry Joe was described by Short of the Week as "One of the UK's great modern horror shorts" and his latest short Shiney clocked up over a million views in its first three weeks online.
Paul is a returning member of the BaftaXBFICrew program, has been funded by BFI Network and Enter The Pitch, and is in early development on his first feature with the BFI, as well as developing an exciting Bristolian Comedy with Fudge Park. He also has a plethora of spec projects aiming to shoot through 2021 including his next short, which will be exec produced by Slick Films.