Paul Bassett Davies - Screenwriter / Euroscript Founder

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WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO HIM…? Because he once wrote for Spike Milligan -- 'nuff said!

WHAT HE'S DONE...
SPITTING IMAGE, ALAS SMITH AND JONES, RORY BREMNER and JASPER CARROTT.




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Writer, Director and Actor Paul Bassett Davies founded Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work in the 1980s was acclaimed in Britain and Europe.

He created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival. Other shows like SLAVE CLOWNS OF THE THIRD REICH combined performance with video to create innovative theatrical experiments.

Paul’s TV credits include: SPITTING IMAGE, ALAS SMITH AND JONES, RORY BREMNER, JASPER CARROTT and many more.  He wrote his own radio sitcom with Jeremy Hardy, and the Sony Award winning radio show DO GO ON, with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden, which he also produced.  His radio plays have featured Bill Nighy, David Hemmings, Linda Smith, Martin Clunes and Alison Steadman.  He has also written and produced many radio commercials. He has written over a hundred corporate films, some of which he also directed. Awards include Best Film at New York Film and Video Festival and IVCA Best Script award. He has also scripted music videos for everyone from Kate Bush to Ken Russell. He once worked with Spike Milligan.

Paul wrote the screenplay for the feature animation film THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT, released in 2006 by Pathe UK.  His screenplay about legendary counter-culture comic book heroes THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS is in pre-production with Bristol animation studio bolexbrothers.  He wrote and directed an award-winning short film for Channel 4 called HOW DO YOU FEEL, as well as many other short films.  He has also written two other feature screenplays which haven't yet been produced. He is currently writing a TV comedy drama series about suicide, and working on his second novel, called DEAD WRITERS IN REHAB.

Paul has been a DJ in a strip club, a minicab driver and a welder's mate. He was the vocalist in the band SHOES FOR INDUSTRY (John Peel favourites). He is an amateur ventriloquist with his own doll (Sailor Boy). He runs writing workshops with Euroscript Ltd and writes a funny blog: www.thewritertype.com


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Q:  What was your favourite film as a kid?

A:  THE PALEFACE with Bob Hope - it was just really funny.

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?
A:  Samuel Beckett & Spike Milligan.

Q: What was your big break?
A:  Selling my first sketch to the BBC.

Q:  What was the best day in your career?
A:  Working with Spike Milligian - not long before he died, he came in as a guest presenter on a topical news program and I wrote with him for a day, and at the end he said how much he'd enjoyed working with "a real writer." I could have cried. I also did a radio show with him in which we improvised live on air. Scary and wonderful.

Q:  What has been your most important lesson?
A:  Concentrate.

Q:  If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?
A:  Ask whoever is employing you to pay your Uncle Paul directly.

Q:  What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?
A:  Distraction; and not very effectively.

Q:  What do you feel is a writers’ or filmmakers' key responsibility?
A:  Do your best work. ALWAYS.

Q:  What mistakes do you see writers or film makers making over and over?
A:  I think many inexperienced writers don't pay enough attention - to the world around them or to what they're writing. You have to observe how people think, feel, speak and act. You have to attend to your own mind and your own heart. You have to study these things very closely, and focus very hard on your own writing, so that you can render them into art. A lot of people just don't have the necessary application. Pay attention.

Q:  What advice would you offer a writer or film maker?
A:  Invest in a really comfortable chair as you’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting down unless you’re Anthony Trollope - who wrote standing at a lectern and drinking hot milk and brandy.  And don’t look out of the window in the morning, otherwise you’ll have nothing to do for the rest of the day.