Paul Atherton is the Managing Director and Producer at Simple Productions Limited and it's sister not for profit company Q&D Productions Limited.
Primarily specializing in social commentary productions, he takes on challenging subjects like Domestic Violence (Silent Voices), Prostitution (Sex in Public) and Racism (Colour Blind). It is however, his approach to these subjects that make his work unique. He promotes Prostitution as a force for good, blames Black Communities for their part in British racism and forces an audience to see the affects of domestic violence through the eyes of the children who witness it.
Paul's most well known as being the only Producer/Director to have his film shown on the world famous Coca-Cola Billboard in Piccadilly Circus, London. The Ballet of Change aired there on Friday 23 November 2007.
His last project The 'Feminist Car Commercial' Film a retaliation to the objectification of women in marketing and advertising. Managed to raise a £1m in kind support from the film industry.
HIs focus is now on London and using film & exhibitions to show the majesty & mystery of a city that is in threat of being lost forever.
The Haunting of Ellie Rose
Film by Tristan Versluis (Horror) Producer
The Feminist Car Commercial
Film (short) by Amanda Baker (Drama) Producer
Film (short) by Amanda Baker (Comedy and Drama) Producer Still competing for Krystal's affection long after her passing, two young women, Angelina and Sarah, get into a fight at her grave site on the anniversary of her death. Their tradition of visiting Krystal's place of rest and celebrating her life hangs in the balance as years of pent up frustrations, jealousy and grudges leak out forcing the girls to re-evaluate their friendship, a friendship that has eroded with time and through growing up. Once Were is an actor driven improvisational film. Written by Anonymous
Jack Falls: Sid's Story
Film (short) by Paul Tanter (Animation, Crime and Thriller) Producer Jack carries the guilt of the death of Sid - his fellow undercover colleague in the Jack Falls feature film. The back story is referenced at in Jack Falls and explored in this animated short.
Film by Andy Thompson (Comedy and Horror) Producer Kill Keith: Volume 1. Keith 'Cheggers' Chegwin is a household name and has been at the top of his game for nearly 40 years. He's an all round entertainer and has lived with us via our TV screens on Swap Shop as kids through to GMTV as parents. He is undoubtedly a national treasure, and for nearly four decades has been much loved by viewers young and old. The year is 2010 and hidden away in a damp dark and blood stain cellar is a stranger, a man, a figure in the dark, someone we'd rather not know. He sits through the small hours torturing himself watching Swap Shop on fast forward over and over again. Cheggers Plays Pop posters decorate the cellar walls. The stranger moves slowly around his memorabilia filled shrine; terrifying equipment of torture fill the cellar together with several slabs of dead meat hanging from meat hooks. In the corner a man is bound and gagged in a cage while being subjected to archive TV clips of Keith Chegwin. The stranger is on an evil crusade. What is this ... Written by Andy Thompson
Film by Alexander Williams (Crime) Producer Former undercover police officer Jack Adleth returns to London seeking those who tried to have him killed in Amsterdam.
Bootleg Reg: Reginald D Hunter Live in London
Video by Paul Atherton (Comedy) Producer, Director
Film (short) by Amanda Baker Producer, Actor Dan is Black, middle-class and lives in a White Society. John is White, Liberal and would have a Black friend, if he knew any. A chance encounter in a bar forces John and Dan to face up to their prejudices and misconceptions of one another. Written by Paul Atherton
The Scar Crow
Film by Andy Thompson (Drama and Horror) Producer From 1450 for 300 years European communities panic with the fear of witches living among them. The witch-hunts seek out, torture and murder ten's of thousands of mainly women. The 3 Tanner sisters live in fear after their mother is hanged for witchcraft, in her absence their father takes advantage of his daughters leaving the family somewhere between life and death cursed for an eternity. Written by Anonymous
Video by Paul Atherton (Biography and Drama) Producer, Director, Editor Gemskii's start to life, as she explains it, isn't a bad one "I've got a mansion to play in, a stately car to drive in and lots of animals to thrive among...my good dad, he thinks I'm special...He's 'Master of the Hunt.' He's in 'Who's Who.' He's brilliant." But we soon find out all is not as it appears. This true story of the actress's own life is a powerful, soulful and moving one. Filmed at CleanBreak Theatre in London this one woman show takes us on an unimaginable journey through Gemskii's life as she regales her story through words and movement, taking in as she goes, sexual, physical and emotional abuse;drug taking and alcohol; prostitution, self-harm and sexual awakening. Having glimpses of fame as a dancer with Michaela Strachan, Pete Waterman, Goldie, Normsky and David Bowie, discovering she's a Lesbian after a catalogue of abusive male relationships, travelling the world to discover human nature is the same no matter where you are and a stay in an asylum all become part of ... Written by Paul Atherton
The Ballet of Change: Leicester Square
Film (short) by Paul Atherton (Documentary and History) Producer, Director A telling of the history of Leicester Square using music, archive and new footage. The camera dancing with the changing imagery provoking the title.
The Ballet of Change: Piccadilly Circus
Film (short) by Paul Atherton (Documentary and History) Producer, Director This is the third in a series of four films about the history of London Landmarks and made history itself by being the first film to be Broadcast on the Coca-Cola Billboard in Piccadilly Circus, London. Access to some previously unseen archive footage from the Victoria & Albert Museum, The London Museum, The London Transport Museum and the BBC helps to tell the history of Piccadilly Circus using nothing but imagery and specially composed music. Written by Paul Atherton
The Ballet of Change: Trafalgar Square
Film (short) by Paul Atherton (Documentary and History) Producer, Director This is the first in a series of four films about the history of London Landmarks. Access to some previously unseen archive footage from the Victoria & Albert Museum, The London Museum, The London Transport Museum and the BBC helps to tell the history of London Bridge using nothing but imagery and specially composed music. Made history by being screened onto St. Martin-in-the-fields on Friday November 23 2007. Written by Paul Atherton
The Ballet of Change: London Bridge
Film (short) by Paul Atherton (Documentary and History) Producer, Director This is the fourth in a series of four films about the history of London Landmarks. Access to some previously unseen archive footage from the Victoria & Albert Museum, The London Museum, The London Transport Museum and the BBC helps to tell the history of London Bridge using nothing but imagery and specially composed music. Written by Paul Atherton
TV Movie by Charles Harris (Drama) Producer, Actor Based on interviews with over 100 people affected by Domestic Violence in the UK, Silent Voices tells there stories using 7 characters performing integrated monologues. Raj a 10 year old boy tells his tale of how his mother and him get away from the violence of his father and the associated attachments to a black Caribbean family as he moves from home to a refuge. Chelsea a 13 year old girl, who loves her father and mourns the loss of her CD's and friends as her Mother drags her from Refuge to Refuge until her inevitable return home. Jezza a 16 year old trainee hairdresser, remembers her time with her mother and father as they battled through her childhood. Her chilling realisation that her Mother was killed by her Father as she watched leaves her character coming to terms with the horror. Bev a 19 year old prostitute and drug addict explains how she has ended in her current predicament in an attempt to escape the violence her father an RAF officer perpetrated on her mother. Summer, ... Written by Paul Atherton