Paul Callaghan

Programme Manager (Games and Interactive)

  • Paul Callaghan

Paul is the British Council’s first Games & Interactive Programme Manager, and has been working in games since 1998 as a programmer, designer, writer, educator, and creative producer.

Notable game credits include Sunshine in support of LA Games Space, the KidScreen award winning Peleda with Vishus Productions & Fiasco Studios, and the Alternate Reality Game Zydnei played during the 2013 ISEA festival.

From 2009 until 2012, he co-directed and then directed the Freeplay Independent Games Festival in Melbourne, Australia, where he also curated exhibitions and worked with cultural organisations and government agencies on engaging with games, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, Screen NSW, Screen Australia, and The Australia Council for the Arts

In 2011, he designed and delivered the game development strand of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s year-long Innovating with Technology (IWT) Games-based Learning program, and in 2012, worked with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on their first Hothouse program. Between 2009 and 2012, he taught Narrative and Communication & Interactive Digital Media Project through RMIT’s Bachelor of Design (Games), and from 2014 until 2017 taught creative writing and game development at the University of East London.

He is currently an advisor for Now Play This, on the steering committee for the London Games Festival, and was a judge for the 2017 Debut Game BAFTA.

Specialties for British Council Film Team: Games. And working with our other artform teams to engage with videogame makes and artists.

Working for British Council since: 2017

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: the opportunity to work cross-artform in an explicitly cultural organisation, and the chance to ask big questions about how games and the people who make them connect with other artists and creative practice around the world. Also – snacks.

Career highlight so far: Interviewing Warren Spector, director of Deus Ex, on stage during the launch of Game Masters at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Favourite British game of all time: Elite

Favourite British game of 2016: No Man’s Sky