Paul Donnelly

Director / Cinematographer


I was born in Scotland. The middle of five kids. My family moved to the Southern Hemisphere when I was a lad. First NZ, then Australia. I spent my youth playing sport and daydreaming. The new country ignited my imagination; I loved the expanse and the notion that anything was possible. You just needed to get creative. I fell in love with the story and the history that was served up to immigrant Australians. I delved into Australian classics of the ’70s and ’80s. I watched relentless reruns of The Man From Snowy River, Phar Lap, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli and the list goes on…

My love for film and imagery has never wavered. For 20 years, I used every excuse to be around the camera, both in Australia and back in the UK. First in the AD department in British drama, before returning to Australia and moving into the camera department and eventually getting behind it. As a Director and cinematographer, I try to balance and connect the aesthetic emotions with the visual representation in a narrative, both in film and commercial work.

To this day, I still love a big classic. I love history and the stories it holds. I am still a hopeless romantic for the notion of the bush, but I see it now with eyes wide open. I also love anything and everything in the food, wine, and travel space.

I have directed content for loads of brands, including The Australian Defence Force, BP, Dell, Tourism NSW, NSW Health, Westpac, Tyrells, and Brokenwood wines. I am currently in production on an independent documentary as well as a doco/lifestyle TV series.

My wife April and I have ongoing work with the Australian First Nations people creating meaningful social impact films. Go to

Hope we can catch up one day on set or over a tasty meal with a delicious vino or whatever takes your fancy.