Paddy Wivell is a Documentary Director, Producer and Executive Producer based in London. A BAFTA nominee and winner, his work has received numerous other industry accolades, including Broadcast, Royal Television Society, and Grierson awards.
Over the last 20 years, his highly personal and often poignant films have explored the communities, cultures and sub-cultures through which we define ourselves. From Eton scholars to Banger racers, Hasidic Jews to London rent-boys, rebellious pensioners to reformed drug addicts, his ability to tell people’s stories with warmth, insight and irreverence has brought his work widespread critical acclaim, with credits across well-known strands such as Wonderland, Cutting Edge and Louis Theroux.
Described by The Times as ‘a filmmaker of such exceptional talent, so gifted and unassuming that you scarcely notice how accomplished he is’, his recent work has included Channel 4’s three-part series, Prison – an honest, sometimes harrowing, and often humorous document of day-to-day life inside HMP Durham; The Tribe, an intimate portrayal of tribal families living in an Ethiopian village; and Extremely British Muslims, a revealing account of the lives of Islamic communities in and around Birmingham.
He is currently filming a follow-up series to Prison, focusing on the experiences of female inmates, which will be shown on Channel 4 in early 2020.