Paul Oliver is an award-winning writer and director of TV drama, shorts and documentary, with two Australian Writers Guild Awards and an Australian Film Institute AACTA Award. After working in politics, Paul came to filmmaking through a love of the crime genre. His speciality is elevated crime drama, mysteries and thrillers – with a critical edge and something to say.
Paul is a co-creator, writer and director of Old School (2014), starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. This 8 x 1 hour network TV series was produced by NBC Universal-Matchbox Pictures. The series was adapted from Lennie Cahill Shoots Through (2003), a crime drama telemovie that Paul wrote and directed. It won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Short Fiction and the Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV Drama.
Paul wrote, directed and produced The Fibros and The Silvertails (2007), a one-hour sports social history documentary about a class feud between two football clubs. The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, screened on ABC TV and won Paul his second Australian Writers’ Guild Award.
Paul has also written for The Doctor Blake Mysteries (dir. Ian Barry and Fiona Banks, 2013-2017) and is involved in the development of other TV dramas for Film Art Media and Seven Productions. He is currently developing the feature Criminal Skin, which received production funding from MIFF’s Premiere Fund, the eco-thriller Mercury Switch and a number of original TV concepts.
For enquiries regarding Paul Oliver please contact us via email or on (02) 9319 7199.