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Paul Cronin

Writer and historian
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Paul’s passion for storytelling is matched only by the depth of his knowledge on the subject. Anyone who has heard him speak knows he energises the stage, delivering a tour de force of screenwriting insight.

His films include ‘Look out Haskell, it’s real! The Making of Medium Cool’ (2001), ‘Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16’ (2003) and ‘In the Beginning was the Image: Conversations with Peter Whitehead’ (2006). Currently he is working on ‘A Time to Stir’, an historical documentary about the student protests at Columbia University in 1968.

He is the editor of several volumes, including interview books with directors Werner Herzog, Roman Polanski and Arthur Penn. He also edited Alexander Mackendrick’s ‘On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director’ and has lectured on Mackendrick on campuses worldwide. His edited volume ‘Word on Pictures: The Interviews and Writings of Alexander Mackendrick’ will be published in 2012, during Mackendrick’s centenary year. Currently he is writing a book about Haskell Wexler’s 1969 feature ‘Medium Cool’, collaborating with triple-Oscar winning production sound mixer Chris Newman on a book, and working with Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami on an interview book.

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