About Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel Pawlikowski


PAWELpicPawel Pawlikowski is a Polish-born, UK-based, BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker. He was born in Warsaw but left Poland at the age of 14 to live in Germany and Italy, before moving to the UK in 1977.

He studied literature and philosophy at London and Oxford and started making films in the mid 1980’s. Pawel’s early work was in documentaries for the BBC.

His best known documentaries from that period include From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoevsky’s Travels, Serbian Epics and Tripping with Zhirinovsky which between them won an Emmy International, Prix Italia, the Grierson and two Royal Television Society Awards alongside many other prizes around the festival circuit.

In 1998 Pawlikowski moved into fiction with the small budget made-for-TV film Twockers, which he co-wrote and directed with Ian Duncan and is strongly rooted in his early experience with documentary. This was followed by two full length features, Last Resort and My Summer of Love , both of which he wrote and directed and which both won BAFTAs, as well as other awards at festivals around the world.