Starfield Productions MD, British producer Paul Raphael began his career as an assistant director on John Schlesinger's Yanks and has worked in a variety of capacities on films including Nijinsky, A Christmas Carol and Sid and Nancy where he teamed up with Alex Cox and Eric Fellner.
He went on to line produce Alex Cox's Straight to Hell before co‐producing several films with Fellner, including the period feature Pascali's Island with Sir Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren, directed by James Dearden and The Rachel Papers directed by Damien Harris. He was also associate producer on A Kiss Before Dying again with Dearden and starring Matt Dillon and Sian Young.
After co-producing HBO's Mara with Juliette Binoche and directed by Mike Figgis, he teamed up with Australian director John Duigan to produce The Leading Man starring Jon Bon Jovi and Thandie Newton. He then worked again with James Dearden producing Rogue Trader starring Ewan McGregor and Anna Friel with Sir David Frost acting as executive producer.
In 2001 Paul developed and produced Gypsy Woman with Sky Pictures and The Isle of Man Film Commission and in 2002 he then produced Anita & Me with Icon, the UK Film Council & BBC Films providing finance, scripted by Meera Syal it was based on her highly acclaimed novel of the same name. The film had a wide release becaming the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund's first film to pass £2m at the UK box office.
|Under the Bombs||Anita & Me||Gypsy Woman||A Kiss Before Dying||Leading Man|
|The Rachel Papers||Women & Men||Pascali's Island||Straight to Hell||Rogue Trader|
Paul produced the multi award-winning feature Under The Bombs, a UK/French/Lebanese co-production shot in Lebanon during the Israeli bombing of 2006. The film won the 2007 Human Rights award at the Venice Film Festival and has gone on to pick up 23 International awards at festivals worldwide, it was also at the Sundance Film Featival and was the official Oscar selection from Lebanon.
Starfield Productions currently has a number of projects on their development slate includingThe Heir , a London based comedy with a middle-eastern twist, from Under The Bombs director Philippe Aractingi, co-written with Omid Djalili, and with Bombs leading man, George Khabbaz and Omid Djalili, to star; The Night Climbers, with Stephen Raphael adapting from the book by Ivo Stourton, has Marek Losey (The Hide) directing and is in development with the BFI and support from the European Media Fund; Brenin, also being adapted by Stephen as an adaptation of Mark Rowland's book, Philosopher and The Wolf, with Nigel Cole to direct; and, the latest project on the slate, an adaptation by Rachel Hirons of her own critically acclaimed paly, A Guide to Second Date Sex, again with support from the BFI.