Paul Hallam has written or co-written numerous screenplays including A Kind of English (Ruhul Amin), Caught Looking (Constantine Giannaris), Nighthawks, Strip Jack Naked (Ron Peck) and Cannes Critics’ Prize winner Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien). The script of the film was published by the British Film Institute in Diary of a Young Soul Rebel. His play, The Dish, was performed in London, New York and Toronto. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Dish was broadcast in 1998. In the late 1970s he was part of the independent film group, Four Corners. The group set up a cinema and film workshop in Bethnal Green, London.
Many of his essays, articles and reviews have appeared in a range of books, journals and magazines. His first book, The Book of Sodom (Verso) is a very personal look at the idea of the “wicked city”. The book emerged from a repeated city walk in Clerkenwell, London. He wrote the title essay for Estate, a Fugitive Images book.
In recent years Paul has collaborated on many short films, Soho, a film by Ron Peck and Paul Hallam, King’s Cross, a film by Kate Boyd and Paul Hallam, and the autobiographical The Last Biscuit (Paul Hallam and Andrea Luka Zimmerman).
A former writer in Residence, and cultural studies tutor at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, he moved to Istanbul in 2008, and taught at Istanbul University. He recently left teaching to focus on new writing.
He is at work on a new book, and a feature film set in Turkey, provisionally titled The Turkish Dormitory and a second project around Charles Laughton. He has also been a script advisor on a new feature length documentary about Yilmaz Güney by Ilker Savaskurt, Ballad of the Exiles. All of these recent projects are in collaboration with the producer, Abbas Nokhasteh (Openvizor).
The extensive Paul Hallam Archive (also in collaboration with Openvizor) is housed at the Bishopsgate Institute in London. A series of films concerning the Archive and archiving have recently been produced.
In 2015 Paul entered into a collaboration with the publisher Metaflux (Rodrigo Novaes) to republish, redesign and newly introduce some of his earlier work, but also to produce new work around sexuality.