The filmmakers

Matt Harlock is a director whose drama short films have been screened widely at festivals and on television (C4, FilmFour, HBO, Sky), picking up awards from Film London, TCM and the Manhattan SFF. His first feature screenplay was developed with the Film Consortium. In 2004, Matt created the official Bill Hicks tribute nights in London, featuring a rare video footage programme, which led to a relationship with the Hicks family and suggested the definitive documentary of Bill’s life had not yet been made.

Paul Thomas trained as an architect before moving into a career in television. As a producer-director he has worked in-house at BBC Entertainment and several leading UK production companies. His work includes creating innovative entertainment & comedy series for the BBC, Channel 4 and SKY, and two years as series director for Channel 4′s flagship animation season.

As director-producers, Matt and Paul secured a feature-length documentary commission, and conducted over 100 hours of new in-depth interviews with Bill’s close family and friends. They have spent the last 3 years making AMERICAN – The Bill Hicks Story.

Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock - Team American
Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock – Team American