Hollywood director Paul Greengrass hails Gravesend roots

PUBLISHED: 14:05 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:11 27 March 2014

Director's passion for cinema stems from Gravesend roots

Director's passion for cinema stems from Gravesend roots


Hollywood director Paul Greengrass hailed Gravesend as the place where it all began for him at a Q&A.

Speaking in the Woodville Halls, before a screening of his Oscar nominated film Captain Phillips, the director talked about his first encounter with a camera at school being the spark that ignited his passion for film making.

He said: “I found an old Super 8 handheld camera tucked away in a cupboard somewhere at Gravesend Grammar School and as soon as I picked it up and dusted it off I wanted to make films straight away.

“It was more exciting than anything I’d experienced before at that age, including girls and football! When we got started I was gripped by a frenzy of commitment as well as an inner peace. That was the beginning for me.”

The cinema at the Woodville has been renamed the ‘Greengrass Cinema’ in honour of his achievements and the BAFTA nominated director encouraged young people to follow in his footsteps look towards the creative industries for employment.

He said: “We already have a huge, global creative industry in this country, especially in production and post-production, and it’s growing. Young people have to step forward and think ‘how can I play a part?’. There are a lot of jobs in these industries and it’s an area of employment young people should definitely be considering.”

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