Paul Gilbert

film maker

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Curriculum vitae


Examples of current and recent commissions


Jan - April 2016

A Forgotten Landscape  Promotional documentary for a large-scale natural and cultural heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme restoring the Heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels.


Sept 2015

FORTY  Trailer for script writer Lucy Catherine's short film entry to The Pitch film competition.


June 2015

Celebrating Sanctuary  Commissioned by Refugee Action, a short film on the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival, part of Bristol Refugee Week 2015.


May - Aug 2015

Playing Out  Series of 'how to' films for community avtivists around the UK wishing to start Playing Out activities in their area.


March 2015

Engage Short documentary for the Extend Leadership Programme


March 2014 - June 2015

lightsgoingon  Two films for an online learning resource for arts agency lightsgoingon looking at how to critique and enjoy contemporary art.


March - May 2014

Warmer Homes  Documentary for Sovereign Housing - one of the largest social housing associations in England.


Jan - May 2014

Future Perfect  Three short documentaries commissioned by Art and the Public Realm, Bristol City Council.


Jan - March 2014  

Making a Difference Documentary for Sovereign Housing about the inspiring work done by a variety of charities and local community organisations - all supported by Sovereign residents' Regional Panels.


Oct 2013

The Nexus  Commissioned by Field Art. Documentary about Melanie Jackson’s residency at Bristol University, culminating in a giant pumpkin being dropped from a crane.


Oct 2013

Gonzo Moose  Promo for Gonzo Moose’s show I’m an Aristocrat, Get Me Out of Here!


Sept 2013 - July 2014  

MUSE  Documenting an ambitious year-long project to create the UK’s first disabled young people’s orchestra with young people across south west England.


Sept - Oct 2013

Seeds of Change  Series of short promos for Arnolfini’s Seeds of Change related family activities, including boat trips with sea shanties and making fruit smoothies.


May - July 2013

Together We Can Do It! Promotional film for Springboard charity who work with pre-school children with a wide range of additional needs.


April - July 2013

Footie Film  for acta. Working with a large group of young Somali boys to make a film about their passion for football.


June 2013

Festival of Nature Short film about Arnolfini’s presence at Bristol’s Festival of Nature, highlighting their collaborative work with University of Bristol Botanic Garden.


June 2013

Community Resolve  for Visible Thinking. Short film looking at how young ex-offenders can express their attitudes towards conflict and forgiveness by making music.


March 2013

MShed  Promo film for MShed’s entry to the Daily Telegraph’s Family Friendly Museum Award.


Nov 2012 - Oct 2013

Hanham Hall  Documentary for Sovereign Housing, charting the journey made by Sovereign residents from their emergency or inadequate accommodation to their new homes in one of Europe’s most important zero carbon housing developments.


Sept 2012 - Jan 2013

Pots  Three short promos for St Werburghs Pottery, an artisan studio based in Bristol.


Dec 2012

Breaking Out  Documenting a new initiative at Arnolfini Bristol to attract more young people to the gallery.


July - Oct 2012

Seeds of Change  Commissioned by Arnolfini Bristol, this film looks at the gallery’s floating Ballast Seed Garden, a work by Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves in collaboration with Bristol University Botanic Gardens.


June - Sept 2012

EcoMinds  A short documentary about Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol and the ways in which the Farm benefits a variety of client groups - including those with mental illness, learning disabilities, recovering addicts, older people.


April - June 2012

W.A.M.A.  Commissioned by Sovereign Housing Association. 10min documentary on the Work as Movement Archive by artist Serena Korda.


June 2011 – June 2012

Forgiveness  Commissioned by The Forgiveness Project, to make six short films based on the moving and inspiring stories of those who have participated in the Forgiveness project, and to shoot and edit films of their educational work for a web-based teaching resource.


Feb 2012

DisGo  A short film of Fleur Darkin Ensemble’s immersive dance piece, commissioned by Arnolfini Bristol.


Nov 2011

Green Volunteers!  A short promotional film commissioned by Bristol Natural History Consortium.


Oct 2011

Museo Aero Solar Commissioned by Arnolfini Bristol/Bristol City Council. A short film documenting MAS collective’s week-long residency working with different community school and college groups in Hengrove, South Bristol to make a giant balloon from recycled carrier bags.


Sept 2010 – Sept 2011

Watch this space  A film celebrating twenty year history, and contemporary life, of The Southville Centre - a beacon of Social Enterprise in Bristol.


May – Jun 2011

Transitions  Commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath, as Film maker for short film looking at three generations in Bath and their reflections and ambitions at their respective stages of their lives. The film was part of the Life Savings theatre project.



Examples of previous film commissions


Nov 2010 – Jun 2011

Tales of Gloucestershire  BFI/Roses Theatre  Editor/camera/director. 60min film compiled from archive footage, contemporary footage and interviews looking at rural life in Gloucestershire.


Sept - Dec 2010

Count Me In Commissioned by Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury as Film maker/facilitator to work with Y7 and 8 students at risk of exclusion to make a theatre performance incorporating film.


June – July 2010

Playing Out  This brief micro-budget film documents a pilot project led by local residents in South Bristol to enable local people to run street play events for children after school by applying for road closures.


April 2009 – Jan 2010

ICIA, Bath Two high quality promotional films looking at the ICIA’s work with, and support for, emerging and established artists in theatre, dance and visual arts.


May 2009 – July 2009

Sing Up / Drake Music Several short video documentation projects looking at the work done by Drake Music to bring the national Sing Up initiative in schools to pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties.


Dec 2008 – June 2009

Young Bristol A collaboration with a group of 16 – 21 y.olds to produce an inspiring film looking at the huge variety of volunteering opportunities available, and the reasons why young people choose to volunteer, to encourage more young people to consider volunteering.


May 2008 – Feb 2009

Refugee Action  6 short campaigning films for national charity looking at why people flee their countries, the realities of applying for asylum, life after refugee status, the plight of young and unaccompanied minors, and life as a destitute asylum seeker.


Sept 2007 – July 2009

FLUX  Lead Documentary Artist, working with and supporting Y7 and Y8 children to use video and photography to document and evaluate the £1M+ FLUX arts project, and its impact on a new Learning Campus and community in North Swindon.


July – Oct 2007

Aspects and Milestones  A celebratory documentary for Aspects and Milestones Trust, a health and social care charity providing community care services for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.


April 2007

You don’t need to know that A promotional DVD for Gonzo Moose theatre company’s surreal national touring production.


Sept 2006 – May 2007

ASDAN Awards  ASDAN is an awarding body offering programmes and qualifications to develop key skills and life skills. This DVD looks at examples of their programmes in action in a range of settings throughout the UK, including interviews with children, young people, youth workers and teachers.


May 2006 – Feb 2007

NGDs – I am a Documentor  Commissioned by Creative Partnerships Bristol. Primary children participated in the planning and shooting of this documentary for primary and secondary audiences about how they have become documentors of the learning taking place in their school.


Nov 2005 – Dec 2006

100 voices   Award-winning 90 minute film following artists, primary children and teachers in early years settings in the South-West involved in the Arts Council-funded 5x5x5=Creativity project. Artists and teachers talk about child-centred learning, the significance of creativity in the early years curriculum, and the impact of these themes – and the benefits of documentation - on the children and on themselves.


Jan – July 2006

Travelling in time  Part of the Brunel 200 project, this film documents a collaboration between a dancer, a sound artist, and a poet, together with children from two Bristol primary schools from two very different areas in Bristol, looking at the building of the GWR, and notions of travel and displacement in the context of the wide diversity of the children’s backgrounds.


Mar – Sept 2006

Pirates, RubbishHeads and What’s in your mouth?  Desperate Men Street Theatre Co commissioned this DVD to promote their wonderfully weird animations that catch people unawares in a variety of public spaces.


Sept 2005

Seckou Keita Quartet Promo for West African kora maestro and quartet, shot on the 2006 Heatwave tour.


Jul 2005

Harbourside!  A ten minute high-energy celebration of street performance from around the planet at Bristol Harbourside Festival, commissioned by Cirque Bijou.


Sept 2004 – Jan2005

ASDAN Universities Award  Promotional DVD for this awarding body. Filmed in schools and out of school settings throughout the UK.