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.




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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