Paul  Blinkhorn

Paul Blinkhorn

Writer and Director

  • Location: Manchester
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Paul is one of this year's Open Horizons #2 cohort with Northern Film + Media (supported by the Film and Television Charity) as well as being on the Widening the Lens programme with Encounters Film Festival (supported by ScreenSkills).

He is principally a writer, director and producer and has experience across short film, audio drama and theatre.

His short comedy script 'The Man at the Bottom of the Garden' made the final 50 (out of 6803 scripts) in InterConnected with BBC Writersroom in April 2020 - the project will see four shorts filmed using video-messaging software during lockdown and broadcast across the BBC's platforms.

Paul has also worked as a runner, first and second AD, assistant producer and  producer in short film, music video and audio drama.

After taking time out to care for two young children Paul is 'returning' to the industry and is actively seeking out entry-level opportunities in television and film.

FILM

His film work has screened at festivals in Austrailia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United States as well as at the Academy Award qualifying Tirana International Film Festival in Albania.

As a writer-director his short film pitch for ‘The End’ developed with film and television puppeteer Julie Frost was runner-up in The Pitch Film Competition in January and narrowly missed out on securing £30,000 short film funding and production support. The project has since attached producer Julie Foy (one of the producers behind 2018's Academy Award-winning short film ‘The Silent 'Child’).

He has previously received support from the Film and Television Charity, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council.

AUDIO

As a director-producer he was recently selected as one of the finalists in Audible's Audio Drama Production Competion. Audio drama credits for BBC Audio Drama Award winning Wireless include: (as director and producer) the forthcoming four-part crime series ‘Omega’ by Elizabeth Parikh, (as director and assistant producer) ‘Night of the Orchid’ by Marty Ross, ‘I Heart Amy’ by Elizabeth Parikh, (as director) ‘The Mighty Carlins’ by Collin Doyle – featuring actor Shane Rimmer (selected to feature as part of the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival 2014 and the UK Radio Drama Festival 2015) and ‘Country Life’ by Peter Briffa.

THEATRE 

Paul has staged worked which has been seen at venues including Oldham Coliseum, HOME, the Old Red Lion (London), Tristan Bates (London), Theatre 503 (London), Manchester Library Theatre, Contact Theatre (Manchester) and the New Diorama. He was also Trainee Associate Director at the New End Theatre, where he directed the UK premiere of 74 Georgia Avenue by Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal.

(AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR):
Two 2 by Jim Cartwright (World Premiere, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker), Two by Jim Cartwright (Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dir: David Thacker), Frozen by Bryony Lavery (Manchester Library Theatre Company, Dir: Roger Haines - nominated for ‘Best Production’ at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards)

IN OTHER CAPACITIES: 

SHORT FILM/ TELEVISION/ MUSIC VIDEO CREDITS INCLUDE:


• 2020 - Producer and 1st AD - “Gonna Make It” - Undurskin (music video, Dir: Steven Hutchinson, Vigilante Films)
• 2019 - Producer and 1st AD- “Three Line Whip”, “Dawn Chorus” and “Death Rag” -Two Hats Blues Band (music video, Dir: Steven Hutchinson, Vigilante Films
• 2012 - Runner - Skins (TV Series 6, ep 2: Rich), Dir: Sam Donovan, Company Pictures,
• 2010 - 2nd AD - Fairytale of London Town (TV), Dir: Louis Neethling, Mutt & Jeff Pictures
• 2010 - 2nd AD - "Sing, Sing, Sing” - Yolanda Be Cool (music video), Dir: Ben Peters, Luti Media
• 2009 - 2nd AD - I Am Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar! (short), Dir: Minkie Spiro, Third Man Film & Company Films.
• 2009 - 2nd AD - Screen Acting: Close-Up (documentary), Dir: Nic Phillips, Clever Boy Media
• 2009 - 2nd AD - “Do it like a Dude” - Jessie J (music video), Dir: Ben Peters, Luti Media
• 2008 - 2st AD / Producer - No Regrets (short), Dir: Nicolas Challenor, NC


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ScreenSkills

11th August 2020 - 11th February 2021

Work History

Producer - “Three Line Whip”, “Dawn Chorus” and “Death Rag” - Two Hats Blues Band (music video) - Vigilante Films

Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Director & Producer 'Omega' (four-part audio drama) - Wireless Theatre Company

May 2019 - Dec 2019

Freelance Director - Film/ Audio/ Theatre

Jan 2008 - Dec 2019

Director 'Fellaz' (short film) - Ultimatum Films

Jul 2017 - Apr 2018

Director & Assistant Producer 'Night of the Orchid' (audio drama) - Wireless Theatre Company

Oct 2017 - Dec 2017

Director 'I Heart Amy' (audio drama) - Wireless Theatre Company

Oct 2017 - Dec 2017

Writer-Director 'After Auschwitz' (short film) - Ultimatum Films

Jan 2015 - Apr 2017

Assistant Director - 'Two' and 'Two 2' to Dir: David Thacker - Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Nov 2015 - Feb 2016

Guest Director - 'The Laramie Project' - University of Cumbria

Feb 2015 - Mar 2015

Director- 'The Mighty Carlins' (audio drama) - Wireless Theatre Company

Mar 2013 - Jul 2013

Director 'Country Life' (audio drama) - Wireless Theatre Company

Jul 2012 - Oct 2012

Associate Director - New End Theatre

Sep 2010 - Apr 2011

Writer-Director 'Duty Calls' - Ultimatum Films

Jun 2008 - Nov 2009

Assistant Director - 'Frozen' to Dir: Roger Haines - Library Theatre Company, Manchester

Jan 2008 - May 2008

Education

Theatre Directing - MA - East 15 Acting School

Sep 2009 - Nov 2010

Drama and English degree - BA Hons - Edge Hill University

Sep 2002 - May 2005

Skills

  • Facilitation
  • Artistic Director
  • Assistant
  • Assistant Directing
  • Director
  • Experienced Lecturer
  • Filmmaking
  • Producer
  • Reader
  • Short filmmaking
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Maker
  • Writer

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