Paul G Andrews

Paul G Andrews is an international award-winning producer and screenwriter who is working with some of the top film talent in the world.

- Winner of 65 international Best Screenplay Awards for films that he has written/co-written
- Winner of over 61 Awards as a producer with awards including Best Film, Best First Time Producer and Best Producer
- Paul has won awards in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Cardiff, New York, Istanbul and many other cities across the world

What topics do you discuss in your script? And why?
"Gorger" revolves around themes of family loyalty, crime, and the struggles of maintaining integrity amidst external pressures. The central topic is the heist and the ensuing complications that impact the protagonist's family, exploring their dynamics and resilience. I chose these topics to highlight the conflicts and moral dilemmas faced by individuals entangled in a life of crime, as well as to depict the personal growth and redemption arc of the main character.

The screenplay delves into the protagonist, Troy's, attempt to leave a life of crime for the sake of his family. Despite the allure of a substantial heist that could significantly improve their lives, Troy's wife, Tanya, emphasises the importance of staying away from criminal activities for the sake of their children's future​. This reflects the theme of family loyalty and the internal conflict between easy money through crime and maintaining integrity under difficult circumstances.

Furthermore, the screenplay examines the strain and dangers associated with a criminal lifestyle. Characters like Jimmy The Fix, who are deeply entrenched in crime, exemplify the continuous moral compromises and violent resolutions typical of this life. The screenplay contrasts Troy's desire to protect and provide for his family with the violent tendencies and moral degradation that come with staying involved in crime.

Troy's development is central to the narrative. Initially involved in the heist, he gradually realizes the futility and danger of continuing down this path. His interactions with his family, especially the guidance from Tanya, prompt him to reconsider his choices and seek a way out of the criminal underworld. This journey portrays his growth from a man torn between his past and his future responsibilities towards a figure striving for redemption and a stable life for his family​.

How do people feel after reading your script?
After reading "Gorger", script analysts and critics have generally felt captivated and deeply impressed. They have highlighted how engaging the script is from start to finish, filled with numerous twists and turns that keep them eager to turn the page. The compelling story and well-crafted characters leave a lasting impact, resonating with readers through its dark, gritty tone and unique blend of heist, gang, and boxing elements.

Critics have also described feeling tense and emotional as they navigate the intricacies of the plot.Many have found the script thought-provoking, reflecting on the deeper themes and moral complexities presented. The strong character arcs and unique personalities have been particularly praised. Characters like Troy, Jimmy the Fix, and Manfri have been noted for their depth and intrigue, making them memorable and adding to the story's overall appeal.

In summary, readers have expressed a strong sense of excitement, tension, and emotional engagement after reading "Gorger," recognising its potential for a highly successful film. The positive reception from analysts and critics, along with their detailed praise, indicates that "Gorger" not only entertains but also leaves a profound impression on its audience.

Do you think that films can change people for the better or for the worse?
Films can most definitely change people for the better. They are crucial in raising awareness about pressing social, political, and environmental issues, and they often reach a broad audience more effectively than traditional media. By humanising global problems and making them more relatable, films highlight the importance of these issues, foster empathy and motivate viewers to take action.

Moreover, films play a significant role in highlighting the hardships of life, including violence and gang-related struggles. Movies like "City of God" and "Boyz n the Hood", much like 'Gorger', offer unflinching portrayals of the realities faced by individuals in marginalised communities, shedding light on the cycles of poverty, violence, and crime. By bringing these harsh realities to a wider audience, films can inspire societal change, prompting discussions about policy reform and community support. Additionally, films can reduce stigma and encourage open conversations about mental health. Through presenting mental health challenges with compassion and nuance, films can help viewers better understand these conditions and encourage those who struggle to seek help.

Ultimately, the emotional and psychological impact of films can lead to personal growth and reflection. By experiencing the joys, struggles, and triumphs of characters, viewers gain new perspectives, develop empathy, and feel inspired to make positive changes in their own lives. Through compelling storytelling and powerful visuals, I do feel films have the unique ability to resonate deeply, driving positive change and fostering a better society.

According to 3-act dramaturgy, how would you define your story?
In Act 1, we are introduced to the characters, the heist at the Metal Exchange, and the personal stakes for Troy and his family. It sets up the main conflict with Jimmy The Fix and the underlying family tensions. In Act 2 we see the complications arising from the heist, including the pressures on Troy from Jimmy The Fix and the growing involvement of his son Spider. This act explores the internal and external struggles the characters face. Then, Act 3 culminates in a climactic confrontation where the characters must resolve their conflicts. This act concludes with Troy's attempt to break free from his past and secure a better future for his family, possibly involving a final showdown with Jimmy The Fix.

How does the main character develop?
The main character, Troy, undergoes significant development throughout the story. Initially, he is entangled in criminal activities but motivated by a desire to provide for his family. As the story progresses, Troy's character is tested through various conflicts, particularly with Jimmy The Fix and the influence on his son, Spider. Through these challenges, Troy evolves from a man driven by desperation to someone who seeks redemption and aims to protect his family from the life of crime he once embraced. This transformation is marked by his increasing resolve to distance himself and his family from criminal influences and to find legitimate means to support them​.

What actors do you imagine in your project (typologically)?

  1. Jon Bernthal for Troy. He has a talent for portraying gritty, tough characters with deep loyalty and resilience, so I feel he would ensure an authentic depiction of Troy's perseverance and emotional depth.
  2. For Jimmy The Fix, I think Paul Bettany would be ideal due to his ability to balance charm and menace, perfectly fitting the character's intimidating and calculating nature.
  3. Charlie Hunnam, known for his intense and morally conflicted roles, would be perfect for DCI Fordham, bringing charisma and complexity to the character's layered nature.
  4. Gabriel Byrne's distinguished presence and ability to convey authority make him an excellent choice for Albert Hearn, the wise and respected leader within the Gypsy community.
  5. Eddie Marsan's skill in portraying characters with deep inner turmoil suits him well for Coal Face, allowing for a nuanced performance of vulnerability beneath a tough exterior.
  6. As a former professional boxer, Steve Collins brings authentic physicality and understanding to Chas McGregor, enhancing the character's toughness and resilience.
  7. Finally, Anna Friel's versatility and ability to portray strong, multifaceted female characters make her perfect for Tanya, capturing her independent spirit and nurturing nature.

Why do you think your script should attract director?
I personally feel it should attract a director due to its compelling narrative that combines intense personal drama with high-stakes crime elements. The rich character development, particularly Troy's journey of redemption, provides depth and emotional engagement. Additionally, the script's exploration of themes like family loyalty, crime, and integrity, along with its gritty and realistic portrayal of the characters' struggles, offers ample material for a director to create a visually and emotionally impactful film. The dynamic interactions and moral complexities present a strong foundation for a gripping and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

At which festivals did you receive the award?
"Gorger" has garnered significant acclaim, winning a total of 16 international screenplay awards, including prestigious accolades from the Los Angeles Film Awards, Druk International Film Festival, and Rome Film Awards. Additionally, it was a finalist in four other film festivals, further highlighting its exceptional recognition in the industry.

Which screenwriters are your favourite and why?
Randall Wallace, renowned for his work on "Braveheart," is my favorite screenwriter due to his unparalleled ability to craft powerful and emotionally resonant stories. His mastery in weaving epic narratives that blend historical grandeur with deeply human emotions sets him apart. Wallace's storytelling prowess lies in his ability to create compelling characters whose personal journeys and struggles evoke a profound emotional response from the audience. In "Braveheart," he skillfully balances sweeping historical events with intimate moments of bravery, love, and sacrifice, illustrating his talent for creating a narrative that is both grand in scope and rich in emotional depth. This combination of epic storytelling and powerful, emotive writing makes Randall Wallace a true inspiration and my favorite screenwriter.

About which topics are your screenplays?
Our film slate presents an ambitious and diverse array of cinematic projects, each tackling significant and impactful topics. Among these is The Great Hunger, an incredible historical epic that delves into the Irish famine, shedding light on a devastating period that profoundly shaped Ireland’s history. Another standout is On Par, a remarkable Romeo and Juliet-style love story that addresses mental health, emphasizing the importance of understanding and compassion in relationships. To Asmara brings to the forefront the Eritrean conflict and the valiant female freedom fighters, set against the vibrant backdrop of the Live Aid concert, highlighting the resilience and strength of women in warfare. Meanwhile, The Riviera Set is a captivating whodunnit film set on the eve of the Second World War on the Italian Riviera, blending glamour with intrigue in a tense historical context. These films and many more in the slate tackle crucial topics, offering audiences a chance to reflect on past and present struggles. By bringing these stories to the screen, Global Watch not only entertains but also educates, fostering a deeper understanding of historical events, social issues, and the human condition.

What motivates you the most to write screenplays?
What motivates me the most to write screenplays is the profound desire to bring back the heart, soul, and emotion that seem to be missing from many modern films. Today’s cinematic landscape often prioritizes spectacle over substance, special effects over storytelling, and box office returns over meaningful narratives. Yet, the magic of film lies in its ability to immerse us in a good story that resonates with our deepest emotions, connects with our humanity, and offers a meaningful message or purpose.

I am driven by the belief that films should not only entertain but also inspire and provoke thought. The most memorable movies are those that touch our hearts, challenge our perspectives, and leave us reflecting on their themes long after the credits roll. They have the power to make us laugh, cry, and ponder life's complexities, revealing truths about ourselves and the world around us. I strive to create screenplays that not only captivate and entertain but also enrich the viewer's soul, offering a cinematic experience that is both profound and unforgettable.

What are your plans in future careers?
Our future career plans are centered around developing and producing a slate of ambitious and thrilling mainstream film projects designed to captivate both UK and international audiences while maximizing commercial appeal. Currently, we are actively engaged in the production of 12 spectacular movies, featuring a lineup of esteemed directors, actors, and an award-winning creative crew.

Recently, we just wrapped up the Modi, where I had the privilege of serving as Executive Producer. This project was particularly exciting, as it was directed by the legendary Johnny Depp and featured the incomparable Al Pacino. Working alongside such distinguished talent has been an extraordinary experience, and I am eager to continue working on projects that combine historical significance with cinematic excellence.

Our company boasts an experienced team of successful individuals in the film industry, supported by an elite creative team with decades of experience across all genres of feature films. Among these notable figures is double Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé, renowned for his humanitarian films "The Mission" and "The Killing Fields," who is directing two of our upcoming movies, "The Great Hunger" and "American Scoundrel." We also have Thomas Keneally, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of "Schindler’s List," contributing to two of our screenplays, one based on his novel, alongside Meg Keneally, an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Additionally, acclaimed producers like Chris Debiec are working closely with Paul G. Andrews, an international award-winning writer/producer.

With this exceptional talent and expertise, we are poised to create films that not only entertain but also resonate deeply with audiences worldwide, ensuring our continued success and impact in the film industry.