Paul McGuigan

Director for film and television
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Biography

Paul spent ten years working as a professional photographer for the fashion and music press before becoming a film and television director. His first feature, the television adaptation of Irvine Welsh's The Acid House, put him squarely on the map, winning him the RTS Award for Best Newcomer along with the RTS Award for Best Single Drama and a host of other prizes.

Paul followed The Acid House with a string of acclaimed features and counts among his credits such films as Push, Lucky Number Slevin and Gangster No.1.

Paul's television work includes many successful dramas and documentaries, and more recently Sherlock for BBC/Hartswood, which Paul set-up and directed across two series of the multi award-winning show. He also directed the first series of Monroe for ITV1/Mammoth Screen.

Paul directed Shonda Rhimes' Scandal pilot for ABC Studios, an episode of NBC's Smash and also Marc Cherry's drama pilot Devious Maids for ABC Studios, along with ABC's drama pilot Lucky 7. His ABC pilot The Family has been picked up to go to series, and Paul has also directed Marvel's Luke Cage for ABC/Netflix, and new pilot Designated Survivor, and recently finished filming on new feature Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool.


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TV

Director

Producer Mark Gordon
Writer Derek R. Griffith and David Guggenheim
Starring
  • Kiefer Sutherland
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    Drama

    ABC Studios for ABC
     
    Luke Cage
    2 x 60'
    Creator Cheo Hodari Coker
    Starring
  • Mike Colter
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Frankie Faison
  • Darius Caleb
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    Marvel's action hero series

    ABC for Netflix
     
    The Family
    1 x 42'
    Starring
  • Joan Allen
  • Rupert Graves
  • Zach Gilford
  • Liam James
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    Pilot

    ABC Studios/Mandeville Productions
     
    Writer Jason Richman and David Zabel
    Starring
  • Summer Bishil
  • Christine Evangelista
  • Stephen Louis Grush
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    Pilot
    Remaindermen/ABC
     
    Producer Mark H. Ovitz and Brian Tanen
    Writer Marc Cherry
     
    ABC Studios
     
    Starring
  • Debra Messing
  • Brian D'Arcy James
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Katharine McPhee
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    Universal Media Studios/Dreamworks Television for NBC
     
    Creator Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
    Producer Sue Vertue
    Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
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    Follow up to the BAFTA-winning first series, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprising their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively.
    Hartswood Films for BBC2
     
    Scandal
    Pilot
    Writer Shonda Rhimes
    Starring
  • Kerry Washington
  • Tony Goldwyn
  • Columbus Short
  • Henry Ian Cusick
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    Drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff, from the creator and executive producers of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
    ABC Studios
     
    Monroe
    6 x 60'
    Producer Jenny Scanlon
    Writer Peter Bowker
    Starring
  • James Nesbitt
  • Sarah Parish
  • Tom Riley
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    Director of the first three episodes of medical drama series about a brilliant and unconventional neurosurgeon.
    Mammoth Screen for ITV1
     
     
    10 minute cinema commercial. 12 x 15 TVC and 40 minute documentary of behind the scenes.
    Ideal World Productions
     
     
    Umbrella Productions for Channel 4
     
     
    Pilot Productions for Channel 4
     
     
    Travel documentary which includes an interview with Fidel Castro.
    MTV
     
    Football, Faith and Flutes
    BAFTA Nominated Best Documentary
     
    Documentary about sectarianism in Scotland.
    Wark Clements for Channel 4
     
     
    Documentary film about American children living with HIV and AIDS.
    Wark Clements for Channel 4
     
    Thief
    6 x 60'
    Producer Iain Paterson
    Writer Norman Morrill
     
    Director of the Pilot for critically accliamed FX television mini-series.
    Regency Television for FX Network
     
    Sherlock
    Winner: BAFTA Television Awards 2011 - Best Drama Series
    3 x 90'
    Producer Sue Vertue
    Starring
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Martin Freeman
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    BAFTA-winning drama series. Thrilling, fast paced update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective, set in present day London.
    Hartswood Films for BBC1
     

    Film

    Director

    Writer Matt Greenhalgh
    Starring
  • Jamie Bell
  • Annette Bening
  • Stephen Graham
  • Julie Walters
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    Feature

    Eon Productions
    In production
     
    Producer John Davis
    Writer Max Landis
    Starring
  • Jessica Brown Findlay
  • James McAvoy
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Andrew Scott
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    Feature film based on Mary Shelley's novel
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Davis Entertainment
     
    Producer William Vince
    Writer Bruce Davey
    Starring
  • Camilla Belle
  • Chris Evans
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Djimon Hounsou
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    A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilise their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever.
    Summit Entertainment
     
    Producer Christopher Eberts
    Writer Jason Smilovic
    Starring
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Sir Ben Kingsley
  • Lucy Liu
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    A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin in the middle of a war being plotted by two of New York's most powerful rival crime bosses.
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
    The Weinstein Company
     
    Producer Andre Lamal
    Writer Brandon Boyce
    Starring
  • Rose Byrne
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Diane Kruger
  • Matthew Lilliard
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    A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His conviction leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold to trail her.
    Lakeshore International
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
     
    Producer Caroline Wood
    Writer Mark Mills
    Starring
  • Paul Bettany
  • Vincent Cassel
  • Willem Defoe
  • Tom Hardy
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    A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play.
    Paramount Classics
    Renaissance Films
     
    Producer Jonathan Cavendish
    Starring
  • Paul Bettany
  • Malcolm McDowell
  • David Thewlis
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    Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.
    IFC Films
    Film Four
     
    The Acid House
    Winner - 1999 Royal Television Society best Single Drama and Best Newcomer
    Producer David Muir
    Writer Irvine Welsh
     
    Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irving Welsh.
    Zeitgeist Films
    Picture Palace North
     

    Other

    Director

     
    Released as the second single from their third album, Final Straw.
     
     
    From Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open, featuring Martha Wainwright on vocals.
     
     
    Spider-Man becomes a school play in this music video for Signal Fire from popular alternative rockers Snow Patrol, from the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack.