Born in Dublin and a resident of Brooklyn since 2000, Paul is a visual artist and filmmaker. He first began making films on Super 8 in 1995. Since then he has completed over 30 shorts, documentaries, video installations, and experimental films.
Paul is a founding member of the production collaborative Still Films. They are based in Dublin and New York, with Paul running the Brooklyn office. Feature films include Seaview, Pyjama Girls, Last Hijack, Lost in France, This One's For The Ladies, The Participants, The Rooms, and Build Something Modern. Still Films have screened their work at festivals internationally including Berlinale, Sundance, Edinburgh, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, New York Film Festival, SXSW. Paul has also shown his work in art spaces including Centre Pompidou, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, The Hammer Museum Los Angeles, and The Photographers' Gallery London.
Seaview, which Paul co-directed with Nicky Gogan, was filmed in a former holiday camp now used as a holding centre for asylum seekers. Experimental feature, The Rooms, looks back at the ruins of the 20th century and presents a world abandoned of people that somehow continues to operate. Paul’s second collaborative feature doc with Nicky, Build Something Modern, tells the little known history of Ireland simultaneously exporting modernism and Christianity to Africa in the 1960s.
As editor Paul works for the Criterion Collection. He also edited several other Still Films feature documentaries, including Pyjama Girls and Nightdancers. He serves on the selection panel for the Bogliasco Foundation, and was Director of Programming for GAZE, the Dublin International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. His latest public commission, with artist David Phillips, Local Time, is a sixty screen permanent installation in the International arrivals terminal of Los Angeles airport. Paul's most recent film, doc hybrid THE RED TREE, tells the little known history of Italian gay men being deported to a prison island under Mussolini's Fascist regime in the 1930s.