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TORONTO ’06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paul Andrew Williams: “I came to see ‘Borat.'”

TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paul Andrew Williams: "I came to see 'Borat.'"

Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as “provocative feature films by new and emerging directors.”

Nineteen filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an e-mail interview, and each was sent the same questions. Director Paul Andrew Williams is at Toronto with his feature film, “London To Brighton,” a subversive addition to the British gangster-film genre featuring two women on the run.

How old are you? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?

I was born in Portsmouth and grew up in Liverpool, Scotland and Wales. I have been in London for the last 14 years. I’m 32 years old.

What were the circumstances that lead you to become a filmmaker?

I had an idea for a short, and asked my mate if he wanted to do it with me. I also wanted to work with actors.

Did you go to film school? Or how did you learn about filmmaking?

No. I was an actor for a while, but mainly learnt from making shorts.

What are your goals for the Toronto International Film Festival?

I came to see “Borat“. I also hope that people receive “London To Brighton” well, but just to be in it is good enough.

How/where did the initial idea for your film come from?

The idea came from listening to the “Moonlight Sonata” on my iPod, it then developed from there.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced in either developing the project or making and securing distribution for the movie?

Working on such a low budget, and the practical problems that caused.

How did you finance the film?

Privately through various wealthy individuals.

What is your definition of independent film?

A film made without the backing of high net worth companies, and for under #500,000.

What are some of your favorite films?

Aliens” because of the tension it builds and it is such a fantastic movie. “Heat” because of the way it was shot. “Nil by Mouth” because of everything.

What are some of your favorite recent films?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

What are your interests outside of film?

Playing 5 a side football.

How do you define success as a filmmaker? What are your personal goals as a filmmaker?

People respecting your film.

I want to do one of the “Harry Potter” films.

Can you tell us a bit about your next projects?

I have written and intend to direct a black comedy/horror/thriller called “The Cottage“, and a much more personal road trip set in Spain called “Wisdom Last Legs.”

[Get the latest from the Toronto International Film Festival throughout the day in indieWIRE’s special Toronto ’06 section.]

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