IT was a case of a seaside view with a very different backdrop for local man Paul Wright after he was invited to the Cannes Film Festival.
Paul (31), who is originally from Lower Largo, was there to see his first feature film, ‘For Those in Peril’, debut as part of the famous festival’s Critic’s Week.
The filmmaker, a former student at Kirkland High School, says the whole experience has been great.
“Cannes is the perfect platform for the film and I just really hope people get to see it and enjoy it.”
‘For Those in Peril’ tells the story of Aaron, a young man from a small fishing village, who is the only survivor of a terrible maritime accident which claims the lives of both his brother and father, as well as a number of other fishermen.
Growing up by the sea, Paul says he did take some inspiration from his childhood for the setting for the film.
“It was a starting point definitely, as well things that happen in everyday life. I was also really interested in the stories you hear too about the ‘mysteries of the sea’.”
Paul continued: “At its very core, the film is a love story between the two brothers, and the fact that one of them doesn’t come back.
“We see a change when the main character starts to believe his brother is still alive and wants to find him, as well as him dealing with being the only survivor, which can have a real effect on a person.”
After its international debut, the film received a number of positive reviews which Paul is delighted with.
“The response to the film has been great. I had been living with the idea for a while, so it’s great to see that so many people have found a connection with it.”
Paul says he has always been interested in the arts, drawing and painting as a youngster before getting involved with film while at college in Edinburgh.
“I suppose I was always interested in film though – me and my mates used to have a camera we’d muck about with and make things with.”
Paul carried on to study at the Royal Conservatoire, formally the RSAMD, where his first film ‘Hikikomori’ won a Scottish BAFTA for Best New Work. He went on to win a second BAFTA award for his short film ‘Until the River Runs Red’.
Paul’s family are still based in Lower Largo and are extremely proud of him, but he admits it wasn’t easy setting out to be a film maker.
For now, Paul is looking ahead to the future and focusing on what might come next.
“I think I will probably be working on feature length films because it’s a lot easier to get them seen – much more than short films.
“For me now, it’s just about getting back to the drawing board and getting writing again and seeing where that takes me.”