Paul started his career as a writer/journalist, specialising in horror cinema - writing for many online and print publications. He made the leap to documentary filmmaking in 2009 when he wrote, directed and produced a 98min documentary on the making of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, which sold to Universal Home Entertainment and appeared on the Blu-Ray release of the film as a bonus feature. The documentary had its World Premiere at the prestigious Film4 FrightFest, where it was introduced by legendary director, John Landis, and then later had its North American premiere at Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, where it was presented by Academy Award Winning Special Effects Artist, Rick Baker. In the wake of this Paul developed a very close personal and professional friendship with director John Landis. “I've practically learned everything I know about the film business and directing from him,” Paul says.
Paul’s first fictional short, HIM INDOORS, starred Reece Shearsmith and Pollyana McIntosh and also premiered at FrightFest to a sold out crowd on Screen 1 at the Empire, Leicester Square, and went on to win five awards – including Best Short and Best Actor – at festivals worldwide before being picked up by FearNet.com.
Paul followed that up with another short, THE BODY, starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Hannah Tointon. In addition to his third world premier at
FrightFest, THE BODY received its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and went on to play over forty film festivals worldwide - including the TriBeca Film Festival in 2014. The film won four Best Short Film prizes in total, and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious Melies d’Or (Best European Short Film) at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. Empire called THE BODY “the best Halloween-themed short film I’ve ever seen.” UK Horror Scene says “Paul Davis is hugely talented and will be one of THE stars of UK genre filmmaking very soon,” an opinion backed up by FrightFest's Paul McEvoy (“Davis is a unique genre talent”) and MovieScope magazine, who have listed Paul as one of their talents to watch.
On the strength of his short films Paul has been signed by CAA and Circle of Confusion in Los Angeles and JAB Management in London. He is in development on no less than four feature films - two from his own screenplays, co-written by Stefan Hutchinson. He is attached to direct two US feature films - one for XYZ Films (written by Chris Sparling) and another for Jon Shestack Productions (written by Peter A. Dowling, John Krokidas and Austin Bunn).
In addition to his work behind the camera, Paul has also spent some time in front of it. In 2010, Paul appeared as an unfortunate 'Patient' who loses his leg to Tim Curry's 'Doctor Monro' in John Landis' BURKE & HARE. However, 6ft 8" he is regularly called upon to play creatures and monsters - most notably opposite Peter Capaldi, as the King Sandman in the 2015 DOCTOR WHO episode, 'Sleep No More', written by Mark Gatiss.
In 2016, Paul adapted his 2009 documentary BEWARE THE MOON into a 200-page, limited edition, hardback book for Dead Mouse Productions & Cult Screenings Ltd. The book quickly sold out it's one thousand print run, prompting the publishers to green light a second paperback edition, due out in Spring 2017. Paul will also follow this up with a limited edition hardback book on the making of the cult 1987 vampire movie, THE LOST BOYS - due out in the Summer 2017.
"You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it!"
- Steven Spielberg