Paul Gray is a Lecturer in Film and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film at Edinburgh Napier University.
Paul’s practice led research interests are the delineation between fiction and non-fiction narratives within film making; film as a means of story-telling and introspective re-enactment; and the significance of anonymity in story-telling, when collaborating with vulnerable individuals and communities.
His film-making practice involves writing, directing and producing. He has directed a number of short films, including two documentaries, Half Way Home (Make Dox, Macedonia, 2010; London Short Film Festival, 2009; broadcast on SBS Australia, 2008) and Skiens, both of which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival (2008) and were nominated for Best Scottish Documentary. His short drama, Tree of Tule (2012) was nominated for Best British Short at EIFF.
And Violet (2017) was Paul’s debut feature film, which screened at a number of festivals and events, including Arizona International Film Festival, where it was the winner of both the Best Dramatic Feature Award and a Special Jury Award for Best Performance.
His most recent project, On the Outside (2019), is the outcome of an educational film project that was a collaboration with women who were serving sentences in HMP Polmont. The initial premise was empowering the participants as authors of their own representation.
He has been involved in the visual arts for over 20 years. Prior to filmmaking, Paul worked within visual arts, exhibiting his photography and video works, as well as curating exhibitions.
Paul’s undergraduate study was in photography at Edinburgh College of Art (1992), before completing an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London (1996) and an MFA Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland (2006).