Kulvinder Gill

Kulvinder Gill is a London-based screenwriter working across the comedy, thriller, sci-fi and horror genres.

His short thriller Romantic Hideaway was made six times - in Britain, Ireland, Spain and even Hollywood! One version received a limited cinema release as the support film before Argo in Ireland and was also subsequently broadcast on RTE2 - and another all-female take on the story won the prize for the best "short short" film at the 2013 London Independent Film Festival.

Kulvinder is a graduate of the De Montfort MA in Television Scriptwriting course and one of his first year scripts - a one-hour romantic comedy - was commissioned by the BBC for a proposed anthology series.

His first professional credit was as a commissioned writer on the BBC Two sketch show The Real McCoy in 1991.

 

LATEST NEWS

2018

  • Special Delivery now an official selection at three more BAFTA-qualifying festivals:

    • Aesthetica Short Film Festival

    • London Short Film Festival

    • Foyle Film Festival (also an Oscar® affiliated festival)



  • Special Delivery, a short romantic drama, written by Kulvinder and directed by Robert Hackett will have its world premiere in November at the BAFTA-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival.

  • The Life and Deaths of Jim Reaper is one of six projects selected for the "Writing Comedy Features or TV" Advanced Mentoring Script Lab with writer and director Jonathan Lynn at the London Screenwriters' Festival.

  • Kulvinder's black comedy Mummy Dearest played at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick on Tuesday July 31st - one of six short plays on the opening night of The Scene, a female-centric festival of new writing by Get Over It Productions.

  • Kulvinder was shortlisted for the 2018 Red Planet Prize, reaching the last 15 and attended a one-day masterclass with Red Planet Pictures and ITV in May.


2017

  • Kulvinder has written a guest blog for the BBC Writersroom on his day with CBBC & CBeebies as part of the Comedy Room development scheme.

  • Kulvinder's first film as writer-director Femme Fatale had its world premiere at the IMDb Awards night at the FilmBath Festival on Tuesday 7th November.

  • The latest draft of the feature version of Romantic Hideaway - now retitled Flesh and Blood - is a Finalist in the PAGE Awards - top 100 of all 6364 scripts - and top 10 in the Horror/Thriller category.

  • Flesh and Blood was also a Semi-Finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting - putting it in the top 151 of all 7102 screenplays submitted.

  • Kulvinder's solo-authored comedy sketch show Sketch Bait was shortlisted for the BBC Comedy Scriptroom 2017 and following a successful interview, he was awarded a place on the 2017-18 Comedy Room development scheme.

  • Kulvinder also reached the shortlist and interviewing stage - the final 9 - of the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary.

  • Kulvinder's short screenplay Femme Fatale - a darkly comic thriller - won the Bath Film Festival's 2017 IMDb Script to Screen Award.





London (Greater London)


COMMISSIONED / OPTIONED / PRODUCED WORK

The Real McCoy - commissioned and produced writer on the very first series of the BBC Two comedy sketch show.

Cybertecs - BBC held an option on this half-hour children's comedy drama in 2001. Now a spec script again - details below.

The System - commissioned in 2006 to write a one hour romantic comedy drama for a proposed BBC One anthology series called The Evening Play.

The World of... Acting - wrote material for a 2011 non-broadcast TV pilot for a themed comedy sketch show produced and directed by Clare Sturges.

Romantic Hideaway - a dark thriller, one of 50 short scripts selected for production for the crowdsourced 50 Kisses anthology feature film released in February 2014. Romantic Hideaway was made by 6 different directors in the UK, Ireland, Spain & US.

Newsjack - topical satirical sketch show on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Had material broadcast in Series 13 (2015) and Series 14 (2016).

 

SPEC SCRIPTS

Flesh and Blood - spec feature-length contained thriller based on my short script Romantic Hideaway - set in one location with an all-female cast of just three. Flesh and Blood reached the last 15 of the 2018 Red Planet Prize, was a 2017 PAGE Awards Finalist (top 100 out of 6364 scripts & top 10 in the thriller/horror category) and a Semi-Finalist (top 151 out of 72012 scripts) in the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships. In 2016, a previous draft under the original title Romantic Hideaway first advanced to the shortlist and interviewing stage (top 40 out of 3100 scripts) of the BBC Writersroom Drama Script Room 10, then was a Semi-Finalist (top 149 out of 6915 scripts) in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships, and ended that year shortlisted for the jury stage of the BAFTA Rocliffe Film Competition.

The Life and Deaths of Jim Reaper - spec feature comedy about an accident-prone, incompetent but yet surprisingly successful hit man: Jim Reaper. A previous draft, under its original title, The Hit Man and Her was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2013 Screenwriting Goldmine competition, a Scriptmarket finalist at the Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival in July 2007, and also a finalist at Fade In, the Central European Pitch Forum which took place in Hungary during October 2007.

Sleepers - returning one-hour contemporary sci-fi thriller series about a secret army of brainwashed killers embedded in society. Pilot script was a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Screenwriting Goldmine competition. In 2013, the script reached the long list (top 5% of 2800) in the BBC Writersroom New Year Script Room submission window. In 2016, script reached final 28 (out of 1000+ submissions) in the Red Planet Prize.

Out on a Limb - a 30-minute black comedy about a man who after a drunken night wakes up in a strange bedroom handcuffed to a severed arm. Script was rewarded with a place on the TAPS 2007 continuing drama workshop. In 2015, the script reached the second round (top 14%) in the BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 9.

Cybertecs - family-friendly tales of sci-fi and horror in the 21st Century - a sort of Digital Gothic - set in Southall, West London. Originally optioned by the BBC in 2001, subsequently picked for the CBBC New Writers Masterclass in 2009 and then in 2014, the project was selected for the Advanced Mentoring Script Lab with John Yorke at the London Screenwriters' Festival.

Big Muff - ensemble workplace sitcom set in a music rehearsal studios where the fictional staff interact with real life music acts. The pilot script won a place on the TAPS comedy writing workshop in 2002. A later draft received a rehearsed reading in 2011 by the London Comedy Writers, Upstairs at the Old Kings Head.

The Folks on the Hill - surreal and satirical comedy set in a future dystopian Britain which has brought back crucifixion - but because of ongoing austerity cuts and UN carbon footprint targets, people are crucified two to a cross! Originally a series of sketches written for The Real McCoy, they were all dropped at the last moment - except for this one which slipped through! Now a half-hour comedy, the pilot script reached the long list of a BBC sitcom competition in 2004 and won the Guardian Funny Farm competition in 2006. A ten-minute extract of The Folks on the Hill  was performed as a rehearsed reading at the London Screenwriters' Festival in 2010.

The Mobius Tape - a thirty minute twisting murder mystery thriller - told backwards. Script reached second round of the BBC Writersroom Sharps competition in 2008.

Comedy, Comedy (topical), Film, Online writing, Radio, Television, Theatre