Paul’s highly personal and experiential work focuses on marginalised communities, the working class, and the effects of austerity through the use of analogue formats in still and moving image.

In 2018 he was one of 100 winners of The British Journal of Photography’s ‘Portrait of Britain’ prize and was exhibited nationwide.

Paul is currently working towards finishing his personal project ‘Mirrors’, a seven year effort now supported by BFI Doc Society.

Based in Coventry, U.K.



Documentary | 16mm | 4:3

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 the resilience of the human spirit 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


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.

Director, Writer, Camera, Editor, Sound - 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

A series of five 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
Art Department - Eilis Healy
Sound Design - Dean Jones

Subjects - Svenja Buehl, Yandass Ndlovu, Zachary Chattaway, Frances Higginson, Marly Greasley

Commissioned by HOME Manchester

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Artist Moving Image | 16mm | 4:3

16mm and portraits for Rowland Hill’s film ‘Tha-at’s Right’. 

Director - Rowland Hill
Producer - Scout Stuart
Cinematographer - Paul Daly
Composer - Jack Sheen
Editor - Rowland Hill
Additional Editing - Ralph Pritchard

Dancers - Svenja Bühl, Regina Laasmäe, Danielle Summers

Commissioned by An assembly


Artist Moving Image | 16mm | 4:3

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 inhibitions, 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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