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PAUL HALLAM (1952 - )
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Paul Hallam has written or co-written numerous screenplays including a Kind of English (dir. Ruhul amin. Channel Four), the triple-award winning short film Caught Looking (dir. Constantine Giannaris. Channel Four, now out on USA Water Bearer DVD), the feature film Nighthawks (Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard choice; ZDF and privately funded), Strip Jack Naked (dir: Ron Peck, British Film Institute) and Cannes Critics' Prize winner Young Soul Rebels (dir: Isaac Julien - script published by the British Film Institute in Diary of a Young Soul Rebel). Paul has written a play, the Dish, performed in London, New York and Toronto. a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Dish was broadcast in august 1998. His first book, the Book of Sodom, a personal and cross-cultural look at the idea of a "wicked city" is published by Verso. a long excerpt from the book appeared in the Postmodern Bible Reader (Blackwell, 2001). a 50 page section of the book is now (2009) available on Google Books. He is currently (2009) working on a second book, on sexuality and time and completing an extensive essay on Company. His Briefplay series on prostitute/client relations appears in various forms - performance, video and publication (feminist review). His essay on honour, Dirty Linen, appeared in the academic journal parallax, and his essay on embarrassment, the Floor Would Open, in Sue Golding (ed) the eight Technologies of Otherness (Routledge). If You Look at It Long enough - an essay on pornography for the Journal of Homosexuality is published in hard and soft cover by Harrington Park Press (2004). For the asking, an extensive essay on the "promise" of prostitution was published in the Journal of Sexuality and Culture in 2006. In the 1980s he wrote many essays, articles and book reviews for British Book News (British Council), City Limits and New Statesman. He has given radio talks including one on the language of lonely heArts ads for the BBC World Service. In the 1970s he helped develop and run a cinema and film workshop, Four Corners, in Bethnal Green, east London. Soho, a film by Ron Peck and Paul Hallam and King's Cross, a film by Kate Boyd and Paul Hallam appeared on the Second Run DVD of Strip Jack Naked (2005). Nighthawks Reflected - directed by Paula Nightingale and presented by Matt Lucas (Little Britain) appeared on the Nighthawks DVD (2005). Nighthawks and Strip Jack Naked are released on a special double DVD by the British Film Institute on the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Nighthawks (2009). New extras appear on this edition, including the Last Biscuit (Paul Hallam and andrea Luka Zimmerman), an autobiographical film on Theatre, memory and the 'Theatre' of the city. It forms part of a changing/developing performance piece Dirty Linen: an evening with Paul Hallam, staged at various venues, including the Cochrane Theatre, London in 2006. Paul was Writer in Residence at Central Saint Martins College of art and Design, University of the Arts, London (1996/7) and taught there and at Kingston University until 2008. He moved to Istanbul in 2008. His Istanbul projects involve anglo-Turkish collaboration on works in English. Two new projects: High Heels, variations on a theme by Seyfettin, and adapt, a collaborative Arts and educational project, are underway. In the Shadow of the Mosque is a work in progress, a book and a film project. He is also (2009) working on In Wait (working title), a new Arts Council book and film project with andrea Luka Zimmerman and Lasse Johansson .
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China, a character who is neither a cross-dresser nor a drag queen, but just himself, looks back across his life in a monologue that shifts in times and place . . . from an east end childhood, through being "taken up" by up-market queens, to the days of gay liberation and living in a gay commune to the early year of aids. a melancholic comedy . . .
Though originally written for Bette Bourne, the play could be performed by And Adapted for different Actors. the play was Also Adapted for radio And was first broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1998.
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Monologue Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length
Male: 1 Female: - Other: -
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