Michael Keillor

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Michelle Archer
Assistant: Nancy Napper Canter

Film, TV & Theatre

Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, writing stories, taking photographs and exploring the local video store. After law school, Michael scripted the second instalment of ‘Grand Theft Auto’, before turning his attention to film.

Michael’s first screenplay was developed by the BBC, while his second secured a commission from Channel 4. Michael directed the resulting film as part of the new talent ‘Coming Up’ strand, and ‘Happy Slapz’ subsequently launched him into directing television drama.

Michael received a Scottish BAFTA nomination for the BBC One three-part drama 'Young James Herriot', and shot the season one finale of Andrew Davies' 'Mr Selfridge'. Since delivering Peter Moffat's BAFTA-nominated legal drama 'Silk', Michael has worked with Jed Mercurio on his brutally ambitious new medical drama 'Critical'. Re-teaming with Mercurio in 2015, Michael directed the opening three episodes of the acclaimed BBC 2 anti-corruption thriller 'Line of Duty', which has become the channel's biggest-rating drama since modern ratings began, and for which Michael has received a Best Director nomination in the 2016 Scottish BAFTA awards. 

Michael continues to develop feature projects while writing and directing his own short films. His most recent commission was the BFI-backed 'Liam + Lenka', produced by Ally Gipps at Warp Films, with Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Katarina Cas (Wolf of Wall Street).

He is currently in prep on THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, the new JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith 3-part adaptation for Bronte TV/HBO and BBC1.

Michael is also represented by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME in LA.

US Lawyer: Michael Schenkman.

 

Praise for LINE OF DUTY

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

“You think you have seen it all before. We may have seen nothing yet” Andrew Billen, The Times

 “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
Prod. Ally Gipps

Television

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LINE OF DUTY

2015

BBC2 / World Productions

Lead Director. 3 episodes.
Writer and Executive Producer: Jed Mercurio.
Producer: Peter Norris
Executive Producer: Simon Heath
*Highest-rating BBC2 drama since modern TV ratings began
*Nominated, Best Drama Series, TV Choice Awards, 2016
*Nominated, Best Director, Bafta Scotland Awards, 2016

CRITICAL

2014

Sky One / Hat Trick

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

SILK III

2013

BBC 1

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

MR SELFRIDGE

2012

ITV Studios

3 x 60' (Series Finale)
Writer: Andrew Davies
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Exec: Kate Lewis

YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT

2011

BBC 1/ KoCo Media

3 x 60' (Three part serial)
Three part series about the life of the young Vet
Producer: Alan J. Wands
Exec: 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

Currently in Post Production
Writer / Director
Producer: Ally Gipps
Cast: Iain De Caestecker & Katarina Cas
Love on the run with a Girl and a Gun
*Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 Premiere

2010

BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts

15min
Writer/ Director
Cast: David Hayman & Jamie Michie
Father and Son lost in the Highlands
* Encounter Short Film Festival, 2009
* Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2010
* Austin Film Festival, 2010
(Can be viewed by clicking on title)

2009

UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult

15 min
Cast: Michael Socha
Life, for a young man and an old soul
* Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
(Can be viewed by clicking on title)

2006

Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005

23min
Writer /Director
Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart
Cast: Daniel Anthony, Josef Altin & Aml Ameen
Gang rivalry tears a friendship fatally apart
*Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2006
(Can be viewed by clicking on the title)