With a growing and impressive CV, Paul McDonahue's latest venture is Turf, a crime thriller set in Salford and due to start filming later this year.
Paul is no stranger to working behind and in front of the camera, appearing in Life on Mars, and writing, directing and taking the lead role in the short movie, Kid Dangerous. He also wrote, directed and stars in Welcome To No Man's Land, a gangster film with a large dollop of black humour thrown in, which is due to be released soon.
Meanwhile, it's his latest gangster film that is occupying Paul's thoughts, as he finalises finance and the shooting schedule.
"In a nutshell it's about two rival gangsters fighting over turf" says Paul "One of the gangsters steals something important to the other and forces him into a confrontation, and, in the midst of this, one of them hires a hit man for a bloody one day job. So it's all set in one day. You've got various hit men picking each other off and lots of people getting killed and we end up with a bloody conclusion."
Though he's had no formal training in acting, script writing or directing Paul has worked hard, learning his craft as he went along.
"Even at school I always wanted to get into film making, but to me it's kind of like orbiting the earth" he explains "You can't get straight into the stratosphere, so if you don't have the money to go those places [expensive drama schools] you have to show what you can do, you have to kind of prove yourself."
He's certainly proving himself, and on board Turf already are up and coming talent such as Gemma Deerfiled, Nichola Potts and Paul Hirstfield, with others soon to be named.
Turf should be ready for release next summer. Watch this space.
Words: Bernard Brough
Photo: Steven Speed