Paul Wright moved to Edinburgh to study photography before developing an interest in cinema. He enrolled at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before catching the eye of the National Film and Television School where he was offered a place on their MA in Directing Fiction. His 2011 work Until the River Runs Red won him the BAFTA for Best Short.
His feature debut, For Those in Peril, was shot in the coastal village of Gourdon, Aberdeenshire. It stars rising actor George McKay as Aaron, the lone survivor of a fishing boat accident that claims the lives of five others. His unlikely escape sees him increasingly alienated from the other villagers. His work on this film earned him the BIFA Douglas Hickox Award for the Best Debut Director.