Matt Harlock is a director whose drama short films have been screened widely at festivals and on television. 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. He has worked in-house at BBC Entertainment and several leading UK production companies, creating innovative entertainment & comedy series for the BBC, Channel 4 and SKY.
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.