Michael Keillor

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Ceci Mazzarella

Film, TV & Theatre

Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, telling stories, taking photographs and watching movies on VHS. After law school, travel and a few years on set, Michael picked up a camera, wrote down a script and found his feet, writing and directing stories of his own.

A Channel 4 commission and numerous shorts led to TV and Michael garnered a Scottish BAFTA Best Director nomination for BBC One drama YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT. A second Best Director nomination followed with the anti-corruption series LINE OF DUTY. Michael kicked off the third season of the Jed Mercurio thriller, which earned rave reviews, multiple series award nominations and currently holds the mantel of being the highest rated drama on BBC 2.

Driven by good writing, Michael has also worked with Andrew Davies, Peter Moffat, Ben Richards and JK Rowling, bringing Cormoran Strike, her much loved detective, to screen in STRIKE: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. This opening three-part adaptation set with Rowling’s STRIKE series, and launched on BBC One in summer 2017 to excellent reviews. The show went on to premiere on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.

Michael is currently directing CHIMERICA for Playground Entertainment/Channel 4, the TV adaptation of the Olivier award-winning play.

Michael is also represented in the US by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME, and Attorney Michael Schenkman.

http://www.michaelkeillor.com/

 

A CUCKOO’S CALLING

“Spot on […] the beginning of a fond and long-lasting communion between series, actor and audience” Gerard Donovan, The Telegraph

“Great cast, perky dialogue, and considering the creator, a not entirely unexpected degree of wit and imagination” Barbara Ellen, The Guardian

“Vintage and modern, highly watchable and brilliantly cast, Strike is a sure hit” Matt Baylis, The Express

“Television’s next great detective has arrived” Ed Power, The Telegraph

LINE OF DUTY

“Tight, taut and filled with any number of twists.... After this bravura opening episode, anything could happen” Sarah Hughes, Guardian

 “Jaw-dropping… precision choreographed like a cinema blockbuster” Daily Mail, Christopher Stevens

“Stomach clenchingly tense, visceral and shocking – television best watched in body armour” Sam Wollaston, Guardian

In Development

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LIAM & LENKA

Warp Films

Feature Film. In development.
Producer: Ally Gipps.

Television

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CHIMERICA

2018

Playground Entertainment/Channel 4

Director, 4 x 60'. A photojournalist travels to China with the hopes of finding out who the mysterious man was who was photographed standing defiantly in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square twenty years ago. Adaptation of the Olivier award-winning play.
Writer: Lucy Kirkwood.
Exec Producers: Lucy Kirkwood, Sophie Gardiner, Colin Callender, Adrian Sturges.

THE CUCKOO'S CALLING

2017

BBC/HBO/Bronte

Lead Director, 3 x60'.
Exec Producers: Ruth Kenley Letts, Neil Blair, JK Rowling.

LINE OF DUTY

2015

BBC2 / World Productions

Lead Director, 3 x 60'.
Writer and Exec Producer: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Peter Norris.
Exec Producer: Simon Heath.
*Highest-rating BBC2 drama since modern TV ratings began.
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, Royal Television Society Awards, 2017.
*Nominated, Best Writer (Drama), Royal Television Society Awards, 2017.
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, TV Choice Awards, 2016.
*Nominated, Best Director, Bafta Scotland Awards, 2016.
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, Broadcast Awards, 2017.

CRITICAL

2014

Sky One / Hat Trick

3 x 60'.
Creator: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Chris Hall.
Exec Producer: Mark Redhead / Cameron Roach.

SILK III

2013

BBC 1

2 x 60'.
Creator: Peter Moffat.
Producer: Matt Strevens.
Exec Producer: Hilary Salmon.

MR SELFRIDGE

2012

ITV Studios

3 x 60', (series finale).
Writer: Andrew Davies.
Producer: Chrissy Skinns.
Exec Producer: Kate Lewis.

YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT

2011

BBC 1/ KoCo Media

3 x 60'. Three part series about the life of the young Vet.
Producer: Alan J. Wands.
Exec Producer: Cameron Roach.
* Nominated for Best Director at British Academy Awards Scotland, 2012.
* Nominated for Best Actor for Iain De Caestecker at British Academy Awards Scotland, 2012.

SHAMELESS VIII

2011

Company Television/ C4

HOLBY CITY

2011

BBC 1

EASTENDERS: E20

2010

BBC 3

* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010.

THE BILL

2009

ITV 1

EASTENDERS

2008

BBC 1

DOCTORS

2007

BBC 1

DREAM TEAM

2006

Sky

Short Films

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2014

Warp Films/BFI

Writer and Director. Love on the run with a girl and a gun.
Producer: Ally Gipps.
Starring Iain De Caestecker, Katarina Cas.
*Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Premiere.

2010

BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts

Writer and Director. 15'. Father and son lost in the Highlands.
Starring David Hayman, Jamie Michie.
* Encounter Short Film Festival, 2009.
* Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2010.
* Austin Film Festival, 2010.

2009

UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult

15'. Life, for a young man and an old soul.
Starring Michael Socha.
* Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010.

2006

Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005

Writer and Director. 23'. Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart.
Starring Daniel Anthony, Josef Altin, Aml Ameen.
*Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2006.