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 her much loved detective, Cormoran Strike to screen in STRIKE: THE CUCKOO’S CALLING. This opening three-part adaptation set up Rowling’s STRIKE series. which launched on BBC One in summer 2017 to excellent reviews, then went on to premiere on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.
Michael has just directed CHIMERICA for Playground Entertainment/Channel 4, the TV adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood's Olivier award-winning play.
“A strikingly intelligent drama, capturing big ideas without sacrificing story or character, and making the personal political and back again – particularly in the scenes set in China.” - Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
Michael is also represented in the US by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME, and Attorney Michael Schenkman.
LIAM & LENKA
Feature Film. In development.
2018 - 2019
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.
STRIKE: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING
Lead Director, 3 x60'.
LINE OF DUTY
BBC2 / World Productions
Lead Director, 3 x 60'.
Sky One / Hat Trick
3 x 60'.
2 x 60'.
3 x 60', (series finale).
YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT
BBC 1/ KoCo Media
3 x 60'. Three part series about the life of the young Vet.
Company Television/ C4
* Rose D'Or Nominee, 2010.
Writer and Director. Love on the run with a girl and a gun.
BBC, Scottish Screen & Lighthouse Arts
Writer and Director. 15'. Father and son lost in the Highlands.
UK Film Council, Scottish Screen & Digicult
15'. Life, for a young man and an old soul.
Channel 4 'Coming Up' 2005
Writer and Director. 23'. Gang rivalry tears a friendship apart.