MEET OUR FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Paul Harris fell in love with the movies at an early age. As a pimply-faced kid, his appetite was enormous. He developed a broad taste in cinema, discovering world movies and short films while attending Melbourne’s fine film festivals, including the then modest event in St Kilda, which he would later steer into the digital landscape of the 21st Century.
Paul has been lucky enough to indulge his overriding passion by continually working in his ‘field of dreams‘. He began hosting 3RRR’s Film Buffs Forecast in 1982, and became Director of the St Kilda Film Festival in 1999. Every now and then over the course of his career Paul has been asked to appear in films. He can be spotted in Melbourne-made classics including Dogs In Space, Nirvana Street Murders andLove And Other Catastrophes. In between these bouts of acting, Paul has written movie reference books, worked in the film distribution/exhibition sector (Fox, Columbia, GUO, Roadshow), operated a cinema (Liberty, Brunswick) and worked in various capacities at the Australian Film Institute.
He has also conducted oral histories for the National Film and Sound Archive, been a regular movie reviewer for over twenty years and taught film at RMIT, VCA and Swinburne University.