Paul Godfrey is a prolific screenwriter with a formidable track record in theatre. He has worked for such distinguished companies as the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera and the Royal Exchange.
Paul’s debut movie commission for Andrew Macdonald (producer of TRAINSPOTTING and THE BEACH) at DNA Films was THE BEST SEX OF MY LIFE, a raucous European teen sex comedy. He then wrote the family drama MAP OF THE CITY, which has attracted director Peter Bogdanovich and a cast of Terence Stamp, Emily Blunt and Lynn Redgrave. Currently, he is writing a streetdance project for Amber Entertainment.
Paul wrote three spec screenplays last year: GOODBYE HOBBERDY JACK!, an adaptation of the K M Briggs children's fantasy HOBBERDY DICK; DICKENS IN NEW YORK, a pop-literary romantic adventure; and PARK AND RIDE, a romantic comedy set in the world of dogging. DICKENS IN NEW YORK and PARK AND RIDE were the subject of successful readings at the Script Factory.
Paul is also in demand for his rewriting work, including the animated feature, PLANET OF THE WINDS, for French producer Denis Friedman, animator Yoshitaka Amano and Breakthru Films; MY SECRET SOUL for Piper Films and NOTHING NATURAL for Vice Versa. His most recent rewrite was on the Paul Hills project THE NAME OF THE GAME for The Works.
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Chinese Democracy movement in 1999, the BBC commissioned Paul to write TIANANMEN SQUARE, a dramatisation of the situation of the student democracy protesters.
Paul's first stage play, INVENTING A NEW COLOUR, was taken from the postbag, produced by the Royal Court Theatre and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (MAMA MIA). The Royal Court commissioned his next play, A BUCKET OF EELS. At the Royal National Theatre, Paul produced and directed two of his own plays: ONCE IN A WHILE THE ODD THING HAPPENS, featuring Michael Maloney and THE BLUE BALL featuring Dexter Fletcher (LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS, BAND OF BROTHERS). Other theatre plays include TRILOGY OF PLAYS FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (from Terence) produced by THE GATE, THE MODERN HUSBAND (from Fielding) produced by ATC, THE CANDIDATE (from Flaubert) produced by the ROYAL EXCHANGE, and THE OLDEST PLAY commissioned by the RSC. Paul's plays are published by Methuen/Random House. He has taught at London, Cambridge and New York Universities, and directed writing courses for the Arvon Foundation. He has received three Arts Council of England Awards for Playwriting and Fellowships from the British American Arts Association, the Polonsky Foundation and the Salzburg Seminar.
Paul's latest play, CATALOGUE OF MISUNDERSTANDING, will be directed by Mike Figgis in London next year, following a successful workshop at the National Theatre Studio.