Paul Lynch (director)

Paul Lynch (born June 11, 1946 in Liverpool, England) is an English-Canadian film director and television director.[1]

Paul Lynch
Born (1946-06-11) June 11, 1946
OccupationFilm and television director
Years active1968 present

Lynch came to Canada in 1960. He left school to become a cartoonist for the Toronto Star and then served as a photographer for a number of small-town newspapers. This led to work in film, including a 90-minute documentary on Penthouse magazine commissioned by its publisher, Bob Guccione. His first feature was The Hard Part Begins, considered to be a classic of early English-Canadian cinema. This was followed by the box-office hit Prom Night, a prototypical ‘slasher’ film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen. Lynch has only made movies periodically, pursuing instead a career directing for American television.[2]



Television films

  • Teenage Marriage (1968)
  • Mania (1986)
  • Really Weird Tales (1987)
  • Cameo by Night (1987)
  • Going to the Chapel (a.k.a. Wedding Day Blues, 1988)
  • Maigret (1988)
  • She Knows Too Much (1989)
  • Murder by Night (a.k.a. Nightmare, 1989)
  • Double Your Pleasure (a.k.a. The Reluctant Agent, 1989)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (a.k.a. Victim of Beauty, 1991)
  • Spenser: Ceremony (1993)
  • Savage Planet (2007)

Television series


  1. "Paul Lynch: The filmmaker as working-class hero". Cinema Canada, March 1983.
  2. Canby, Vincent (August 16, 1980). "Prom Night (1980) 'PROM NIGHT,' CHILLER FROM CANADA, MASKS GORE". The New York Times.
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