His father was a merchant seaman and his mother a teacher and he grew up in Gravesend in Kent. Expelled from his first secondary school, at his next he made his first film at the age of 16. After learning the craft of documentary-making on World In Action at Granada TV, he turned to making feature films.
In October 2017, Paul will receive the BFI fellowship, the British Film Institute's highest accolade.
Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.