Kent Documentary Maker wins BAFTA

Paul Watson holding his BAFTA award

Paul Watson and his BAFTA © Rex Images

Paul Watson, who lives in Tonbridge, Kent, received the 2008 BAFTA Special Award.

The Special Award, named in honour of the late Alan Clarke, is presented annually for ‘outstanding creative contribution to television’.

A revered and often controversial figure, Watson has been working in television for more than 35 years, and there can be no doubting his unique contribution to British filmmaking.

Having studied at the Royal College of Art in the sixties Watson’s TV career began as a researcher on Whicker’s World. Since then, he has worked on more than 300 films, from The Fishing Party and Sylvania Waters to White Lives and Rain In My Heart. For a brief period, he was also Artist-in-house at Tonbridge Grammar School. ‘The Family’, which Watson made in 1974, is often credited with being the first ever fly on the wall documentary and creating the entire genre.

Rain in my Heart ” one of his most recent productions – was filmed entirely in the Medway Towns and focused on four alcoholics being treated at the Medway Maritime Hospital.

Watson’s credits include:

Rain in my Heart (2006), Director
Strutting our Stuff (2005), Producer
Desert Darling (2003), Director , Producer
The Queen’s Wedding (2002), Director
A Wedding in the Family  (2000), Director
Malcolm and Barbara… A love Story (1999), Director
White lives (1998), Director , Producer
The Dinner Party (1997), Director , Producer
The Factory  (1994), Director
Sarajevo (1992), Director
Sylvania Waters (1992), Executive Producer
The Fishing party (1985), Director
The Family  (1974), Director

Many congratulations to Alan for his wonderful contribution to the industry!