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Paul Andrew Williams

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Paul Andrew Williams at 26th BIFFF (Brussels) in March 2008

Paul Andrew Williams is a British film writer and director, born in Portsmouth, England in 1973.[1] He won the New Director's Award for his film London to Brighton in the 2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival.[2]


Williams began his career as an actor but in the last five years he has written and directed a number of successful pop-promos, viral ads and short films.[3] In 2001 he wrote and directed the short film Royalty which would later inspire London to Brighton. Royalty premiered at the London Film Festival in 2001, screened on UK television and was shortlisted for the Kodak showcase, consequently screening at BAFTA. In 2003 Williams was the only UK-based director to be picked up by the Fox Searchlight Director's Lab. His short film, It's Okay to Drink Whiskey, made through this programme, premiered at 2004's Sundance Film Festival. His UK TV debut, Naked, was pick of the day in Time Out magazine and was well received by audiences and critics alike.[4]

Through a new development slate between Pathe and BBC Films, Williams has been hired to write The Choir, and has several projects in different stages of development.[5] Williams wrote and directed the psychological thriller Cherry Tree Lane,[6] which premiered as part of the Fright Fest.[7]