Hello and welcome to Handsome and Pretty Wednesday!
Today we have a brilliant interview with an inspirational individual that we are lucky enough to know. Just back from Cannes Film Festival (oh yeah!) Paul epitomises every there is about raw talent, determination and success.
Paul Kennedy is an actor, writer and director. He has appeared in films such as Five Minutes of Heaven, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Cherrybomb, 71, Saving the Titanic and Omagh, and on television has appeared in The Wipers Times, Wodehouse in Exile, The Fall, Occupation, Best: His Mother’s Son and many more. His first film as writer/director, entitled Made in Belfast, recently opened and closed the Belfast Film Festival .
How and where are you today?
I’m good but tired after spending 4 days at the Cannes Film Festival. I’m currently in a card shop buying thank you cards for people who have done nice things for me recently!
How would you describe the journey that has brought you to this place? And were these the roads you expected to take?
Tough, exhilarating, it’s a bit cliche to say rollercoaster but thats what the last few years have been. They were the roads I wanted to take and I tried to be proactive in making them happen so I’m glad things seem to be working out for my film and for everyone involved.
Do you have a process to ensure you are in the right frame of mind to create?
Yup. Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Strive for excellence. Never be afraid to take a risk.
(acting in Saving The Titanic)
How do you think your background and culture influences your creations?
Massively. My background and culture and country inform almost everything I do.
What does beauty mean to you?
A constant desire to see the good in the world.
(directing two actors on the set of Made In Belfast)
If we had interviewed you when you were 11, what would you have told us you wanted to be when you grew up?
I would have told you I wanted to be a doctor but I would have been lying because I really wanted to be an actor but never told anyone.
What advice have you received that you want everyone to benefit from?
An actress on Made in Belfast told me – ‘hold your vision, trust your process’. Priceless advice, I’ll never forget it.
Thank you so much Paul. We are so delighted by everything that has happened for you in the last year. Long may it continue!
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