Paul Gray
Paul Gray

Paul Gray

Associate Professor

Biography

Paul Gray is Associate Professor in Film and Subject Leader for Screen & Performing Arts, 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.

Paul has been involved in creative arts and higher education for over twenty years and was Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Film for 10 years (2012-22), where he led on the design and continuing development of the programme curriculum with a remit of enhancing employability. A key driver was to offer greater work related learning opportunities, engagement with external employers and coherency in delivery for specialist roles, so that students graduate with the skills required for the highly specialised film and television industry. During this time BA (Hons) Film increased in ranking from 37th to number 1 for Film Production & Photography (1st of 67, The Guardian University Guide 2021).

His film-making practice includes 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.

Paul directed On the Outside (2019), which was co-written in collaboration with four women who were serving sentences in HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Polmont. On the Outside won best International Film at Alexandria Film Festival, Virginia, 2019, was shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, and the Partnership Award, The Herald Higher Education Awards 2019

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).

Research Areas

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Film: On the Outside, Shortlisted for The Herald Higher Education Awards 2019, Partnership Award
  • Film: On the Outside, Winner Best Foreign Film, Alexandria Film Festival 2019
  • Film: And Violet, Winner Best Dramatic Feature, Arizona International Film Festival 2017
  • Senior Fellow HEA
  • Film: And Violet, Winner Best Performance, Arizona International Film Festival 2017
  • Film: Halfway Home, Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap Awards 2008

 

Invited Speaker

  • Film: On the Outside, screening at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s annual conference, 21-22 March 2019
  • Film: And Violet, invited speaker, In-Service-Day Attachment Conference - Relationships & Resilience, North Berwick High School, 19 Feb 2018
  • Film: And Violet screening and talk, Scottish Parliament, 18 December 2018
  • Film: And Violet screening and talk, Adoption Week Scotland Conference, 23 November 2017

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Film: And Violet, screening for Inverclyde Council during Adoption Week Scotland, 22 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening for Highland Council during Adoption Week Scotland, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, 25 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening for Glasgow City Council during Adoption Week Scotland, Glasgow Burgh Court Hall, 21 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening forEast Dunbartonshire Council during Adoption Week Scotland, 23 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening for Stirling Council during Adoption Week Scotland, Raploch Community Campus, 22 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening for Borders Council during Adoption Week Scotland, MacArts Centre, Galashiels, 22 Nov 2017
  • Film: And Violet, screening for Aberdeen City Council during Adoption Week Scotland, Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, 23 Nov 2017

 

Date


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Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Glendale International Film Festival, 13 October 2017

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Glendale International Film Festival, 13 October 2017. 13 October 2017 - 21 October 2017. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Glendale International Film Festival, 13 October 2017. 13 October 2017 - 21 October 2017. (Unpublished
And Violet, Official Selection at Glendale International Film Festival, 13 - 21 October 2017

Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Arizona International Film Festival, April 27, 2017

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Arizona International Film Festival, April 27, 2017. 19 April 2017 - 30 April 2017. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: And Violet, Official Selection, Arizona International Film Festival, April 27, 2017. 19 April 2017 - 30 April 2017. (Unpublished
And Violet screened on 27th April at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Arizona, at The Screening Room, Downtown Tucson.

Film: And Violet

Digital Artefact
Gray, P. (2017)
Film: And Violet. [Film]
A coming of age drama about the interwoven and unravelling lives of teenage daughter Violet, her adoptive Mum and her birth Mum. When Violet and her adoptive mum visit a small...

Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection, Williamsburg International Film Festival, 2013

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection, Williamsburg International Film Festival, 2013. 19 September 2013 - 22 September 2013. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection, Williamsburg International Film Festival, 2013. 19 September 2013 - 22 September 2013. (Unpublished

Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival, nominated for Best British Short, 2012

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival, nominated for Best British Short, 2012. 20 June 2012 - 1 July 2012. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Tree of Tule, Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival, nominated for Best British Short, 2012. 20 June 2012 - 1 July 2012. (Unpublished

Film: Tree of Tule

Digital Artefact
Gray, P. (2012)
Film: Tree of Tule
While on his travels, an adventurous young boy meets a magical ancient tree and he embarks on a quest across Mexico to help the tree find a new home. Duration: 10’10”, Directo...

Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, MakeDox, Macedonia, 2010

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, MakeDox, Macedonia, 2010. 5 June 2010 - 12 June 2012. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, MakeDox, Macedonia, 2010. 5 June 2010 - 12 June 2012. (Unpublished

Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, London Short Film Festival, 2009

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, London Short Film Festival, 2009. 9 January 2009 - 18 January 2009. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, London Short Film Festival, 2009. 9 January 2009 - 18 January 2009. (Unpublished

Film: Skeins, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Skeins, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008. 18 June 2008 - 29 June 2008. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Skeins, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008. 18 June 2008 - 29 June 2008. (Unpublished

Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008. 18 June 2008 - 29 June 2008. (Unpublished)

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Gray, P. Film: Halfway Home, Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008. 18 June 2008 - 29 June 2008. (Unpublished