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 later wrote and directed pop-promos, viral ads and short films.[3] In 2001 he wrote and directed the short film Royalty which inspired London to Brighton. Royalty premiered at the London Film Festival in 2001, was shown UK television, was shortlisted for the Kodak showcase, and later screened 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.[4]

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