Paul’s practice focuses on collaboration with marginalised and working class communities, the effects of austerity and a Britain in conflict on analogue cine and stills formats.

His most recent 16mm film “Mirrors”, funded by BFI Doc Society with support from The Eaton Fund and Oppenheim-Downes Trust, premiered at Sheffield DocFest 2022 and was longlisted for best short film at the British Independent Film Awards.

In 2018 he was awarded the ‘Portrait of Britain’ prize by the British Journal of Photography and his work was exhibited nationwide. In recent years he has received funding from Arts Council England, Video Jam and The Chalk Cliff Trust.

He continues to run 16mm workshops to pass on the analogue methodology and foster mentorship roles with students.




Documentary | 16mm | 4:3 | 29 min

What began as a document of trades, traditions, cultures and home environments in contemporary England evolved and expanded to become an all-consuming project. Mirrors is a witness to unprecedented events as they unfolded on this singular isle over seven extraordinary years.

From volatile public demonstrations to intimate domestic scenes, the film reveals the experience and emotions of living in England, explored through the lives of total strangers as well as family and friends. Shot exclusively on 16mm film, Mirrors is both lucid diary and poetic map - a meditation on human resilience in the most challenging era of our lifetime.

Director & Cinematographer - Paul Daly
Producer - Jacqui Davies
Executive Producer - Lisa Marie Russo
Editor & Additional Sound Design - Adam Biskupski
Composer, Sound Designer & Mixer - Stefan Smith
Vocal Composition & Performance - Zeina Nasr
Type Design - Jack Kimberley
Colourist - Gareth Bishop

Additional Cinematography - Nathan Starr
Assistant Editor - Inigo Manby
Picture Post Production - Dirty Looks
Film Development & Telecine - Cinelab London
Additional Film Development - Digital Orchard
Film Stock - Kodak

Funded by BFI Doc Society, The Chalk Cliff Trust, Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, The Eaton Fund, and Video Jam

Sheffield DocFest 2022 - International Short Competition
Longlisted BIFA Short Film Award 2022
Coventry Cathedral (Special screening)
Flatpack Film Festival 2023
Big Picture Festival 2023
Aesthetica Film Festival 2023



Documentary | 16mm | 4:3 | 90 min

It’s the days that separate the night
            The shadows by which we recognise the light

Director & Cinematographer - Paul Daly

In development
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Artist Moving Image | 16mm | 4:3

A study of solitude as a medicinal melancholy, a necessary and positive method for introspection and reflection as well as home to one’s own despairing and weighted thoughts of mortality. Focussing on my own father, the images were born from our relationship with this state of being. The city of Coventry’s culture, history and concrete landscape’s impact on my persona also plays its part.

The film was made in response to 18th Century diary excerpts provided by Warwick University based researcher Dr Naomi Pullin. The title was taken from a poem by diarist Gertrude Saville.

Filmmaker - Paul Daly
Subject - Gerard Daly
Researcher - Dr Naomi Pullin

Commissioned by Coventry Creates
Funded by Arts Council England

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Artist Moving Image | 16mm | 4:3 | 20 min

A series of a dozen domestic vignettes that draw from the artist’s experiences and memories of growing up working-class in Britain. Each individual, moving portrait is a sensitive and at times surreal exploration that walks a fine line between documentary truth and poetic interpretation.

Director, Writer, Camera - Paul Daly
Producer - Scout Stuart
Sound Design - Dean Jones
Art Department - Eilis Healy

Subjects - Svenja Buehl, Yandass Ndlovu, Zachary Chattaway, Frances Higginson, Marly Greasley, Daniel Paños, Chan-Yang Kim, Astarte Cara & Lee Beckett

Seed funded by HOME Manchester, currently seeking finishing funds



Artist Moving Image | 16mm | 4:3 | 7 min

Living in isolation, Beckett struggles to find direction in his life. He acts to change his ways and faces the family he has neglected.

The film centres on masculine silence and emotional inhibition, exploring the personal and physical effects of this.

This is underlined by the artist’s personal reflections stated as subtitles, enabling the viewer to silently echo these thoughts.

Premiered at London Short Film Festival 2018

Screened at British Shorts Festival Berlin, South London Shorts and HOME Manchester

Director, Writer, Camera, Edit - Paul Daly
Production - Delaval Film
Sound Design - Chris Fisher
Colourist - Ruth Wardell
Art Department - Eilis Healy

Beckett - Lee Beckett
Woman - Cara Williams
Son - Harry McRoy

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