One of the many diverse forms of entertainment on a ship, are the guests. You may have watched the odd television show or film, and sometimes wondered how they did something weird or wonderful? Someone like Stuart St Paul, who has been in the industry for 50 years, probably did it. He joins the Arcadia in Samoa and stays on until Australia to tell the incredible story of taking the rock stars Status Quo to the cyclone torn island of Fiji. You may have seen one of his many TV appearances. He has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, won awards and been nominated all over the world. He won ‘Best Director’ in the USA, has been nominated in India, Canada, Mexico, France, Portugal and many other places as well as winning numerous TV awards back home. His talks are funny and engaging, moving from mechanics to money & wages, script to man management, and always with stories you won’t here anywhere else. He has never talked about his work on Aliens in any depth, but will on this cruise.
With over ten years as a radio and television presenter, Stuart was 27 before turning to drama. The combination of talents lead him to be a go to ‘in vision’ film man; he appeared three times on Barry Norman’s Film Night, was a guest judge on Bruce Forsyth’s Generation Game twice, and co-presented the TV special ‘Extreme Magic, Extreme Danger’ with Ulrika Jonsson. The list which includes being one of the Russ Abbott’s Mad House team for a while more recently saw him on ‘Too Much TV’ with Emma Bunton. Stuart also starred, as an actor, in the twice weekly soap ‘Radio Phoenix’ for a year, was the face of Woolworth’s classic 1980’s adverts and the voice of Safeway’s adverts for two years. Stuart is a free speaking entertainer with gripping, humorous, and informative stories that dramatically turn on a knife edge and have you laughing before thinking deeply. Never working from a script, no two after dinner talks or lectures are the same. Stuart has worked on ships worldwide from the Pacific to Hong Kong, from The Black Watch to The Britannia and he has spoken at and chaired many major conferences in the UK and the USA.
Stuart has bought, sold and distributed films as well as written, produced and directed them. The Hollywood Reporter referred to him as a tri-hyphenate and IMDB lists him with hundreds of major films and TV episodes from the BBC to HBO. He reveals the business side of film while explaining how un-frightening horror films are when you see the tricks behind them and how they are made. There is another story behind every headline, and these are the ones he shares; the ones you have never heard. He explains how everything is twisted to fit an agenda. The film Bula Quo, made in the Pacific island of Fiji, with Rock Legends Status Quo just after the Island’s most devastating cyclone in their history is a great story. Bula Quo played in 212 UK cinemas for one night only, this is called an event screening; 5th July 2012 at 1930hours. That was the night Andy Murray played the Wimbledon semi final that went on and on, they closed the roof on centre court and the match finished at 2120 hours. 13.5 million watched on BBC TV, more listened on radio, few were going to the cinema. At the end of that Friday night, having played only ONE show against most films’ 5 showings throughout the day, Bula Quo was officially number 9 in the next morning’s daily cinema charts. As it did not play on Saturday except in a very small number of screens, it dropped down the chart overwhelmed by the other films additional 5 or 6 more screenings, but still stayed in the top 20. Which was amazing. By Sunday night it was just outside the top twenty and on Monday the figures could be interpreted by some as a failure, not that the press ever like to find a negative or knock Status Quo!!! However, the acoustic versions of classic rock songs that the film’s composer Mark Blackledge arranged did spawn an idea. Classic Quo or Aquostic as they were known. Two new unexpected best selling albums. The rock giants had gone on again with renewed publicity and energy and the Bula Quo album was totally unexpected at a time when they might otherwise have decided enough was enough. (see our Fiji blog and film) Some things may change history more than anyone can ever know, this was the first time in years that Francis and Rick had spent four weeks together on such a new and creative venture and it brought them closer. Bula Quo is just one of Stuart’s amazing stories that he is telling on his road back after nearly being killed in a major special effects explosion a few years ago. Films are dangerous and fun, but they are big business. A big story he does tell is how he signed a million dollar deal-memo to direct a sci-fi movie in 1995, very like Black Mirror / Altered Carbon. The movie, Dream Hunter which was to star James Cann and Jean-Marc Barr fell through as it was considered too risky and in the same breath he was offered a Thomas Hardy love story to direct instead.
Stuart has just made his first Doris Visits film, (with Jean holding the camera for the first time!). When in Copenhagen he decided to make a film about the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen. Have a look.
Stuart is remaining 2018 cruise sea telling yarns are on the the following 2018 British cruises. He has also just agreed to work with Carnival again in 2019, though not exclusive now and other ships and further dates will follow.
- Aurora – 10th Dec 2018 – Baltic Christmas R824 – talking about Mrs Browns Boys and Soaps Christmas.
- Arcadia 11th Feb 2019 – J901 Polynesian leg of World Cruise (talking about Bula Quo)
- Aurora 11th March 2019 – R903 Northern Lights and Iceland. Home of Game of Thrones.
- Azura 18th Oct 2019 – A927 Transatlantic Crossing
Another story he does not tell live, because he has put it on YouTube, is of a female stunt performer becoming injured on American Werewolf In Paris. The job was to jump off the Statue of Liberty, and although he had not performed stunts for many years, costume fitted him in a wedding dress. Stuart travelled on the 2017 New England Cruise with the P&O ship Aurora as a guest, to see the Parisian statue that stands in the Hudson. He made his YouTube film whilst there. See the blog from the Aurora New England cruise when P&O took him back to the Statue of Liberty.
More recently Stuart has been directing 2nd Unit and Pick Up units, like both of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jnr. Stuart explains multiple units, the re-shoots after testing and so much more. If you get the chance to see him, you will not be disappointed. Click here for his industry cv on the international movie data base.
Agent: Stuart St Paul is with Lewis Ray & Isabelle Lee at CHAMPIONS