Paul Murphy | Ireland

I am an Irish-born, London-based award-winning director.

I swap between drama and comedy. The ability to tell stories, whether acute or humorous, to help understand our collective unconscious, and what makes human beings tick, is what excites me. 

My latest drama 'Gypsy's Kiss' was made with the support of the Directors UK & ARRI Challenge ALEXA competition 2017. The film was shot in March and premiered at a Directors UK industry screening in May. Starring BAFTA winner Gemma Jones and Una Stubbs, the film is on its festival run, premiering at the BAFTA & Oscar qualifying Rhode Island Film festival in August.


Comedy 'Social Networking Socially - Society Through Technology' was made as part of Straight8, (shoot on one roll of 8mm film, edit in camera). We were delighted to win the Top 8 best movies of the competition, and the film premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


Silent comedy 'Wipeout' was made in 7 days as part of the Aarhus Short Film Challenge 2014, where it won an Honourable Mention and was in the Top Ten Films of the Festival. 'Wipeout' had an unbeaten festival run, picking up 'Best Silent Film' and 'Audience Awards' and playing at 25 international film festivals.


‘STOP,’ my Film London funded drama, has had enormous success on the international film festival circuit, winning many awards, including four Best Actor Awards and a Special Mention at the Film London Best of Borough Awards in 2012. The film premiered at the renowned Palm Springs Shortsfest and screening at 20 subsequent festivals. It was Rankin’s Collabor8te ‘Film of the Week’, and came second in Shooting People's 'Film of the Month' in 2015, being praised by judge David Oyelowo as "beautifully performed and nicely shot, this film satisfyingly and impressively plumbs deep emotional depths in a concise time."


"Next!’ an online comedy series I directed, about the perils of auditions written by and starring comedians Haiste and Lawrence, was on the long list for the 2014 British Comedy Awards.


In the commercial world, my clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Auspicium, Volkswagen, Barclays, The Sunday Times, MTV, The Times, Unilever, and Diesel.

I'm currently working with a number of writers developing a number of different projects; shorts, feature-length dramas, and a TV comedy series as well as seeking opportunities to direct television drama.


  • Gypsy's Kiss ( 2017 ) - United Kingdom << Drama >>
  • Stop ( 2012 ) - United Kingdom << Drama >>
  • Wipeout ( 2014 ) - United Kingdom << Comedy >>
  • Social Networking Socially - Society Through Technology' ( 2016 ) - United Kingdom << Comedy >>


  • Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2016
  • Best Local Filmmaker Short, The Smalls Film Festival, London, September 2016
  • 'Best Silent Film', Walthamstow International Film Festival, UK, June 2015
  • 'Honourable Mention' & one of the Top Ten Films of the Aarhus Short Film Awards, 2014
  • Audience Award 'Best Film', Saltburn Film Festival, UK, May 2015
  • Third Place 'Best Film of the Festival', Walthamstow International Film Festival, UK, June 2015
  • Audience Award 'Best Film', Walthamstow International Film Festival, UK, June 2015