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Paul Laverty's Bio

Paul Laverty was born in Calcutta, India, to an Irish mother and Scottish father. He obtained a Philosophy degree at the Gregorian University in Rome. Thereafter he obtained a law degree at Strathclyde University, and then practiced as a lawyer in Glasgow. During the mid-eighties he worked for a Nicaraguan human rights organisation and lived in Central America for 3 years.

He has written the screenplays for nine full length feature films, and two shorts, directed by Ken Loach: including My Name is Joe (Best Actor Peter Mullan Cannes 1998), Sweet Sixteen (2002) – winner of Best Original Screenplay at Cannes, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) – winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and It’s A Free World (2007) – winner of Best Original Screenplay at Venice Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain), directed by Iciar Bollain, which won the Audience Award at the Berlin Festival in 2010.

Paul wrote a short monologue "Operation Phantom Fury" to commemorate those who would not be remembered on the tenth anniversary of the 11th September tragedy and consequent war which can be viewed here. Paul also took part in the Bafta screenwriters series and his Q&A can be watched here:

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