Kulvinder Gill

Experienced and award-winning London-based writer – commissioned and optioned – working across the comedy, thriller, science fiction and horror genres.

  • Spec feature Flesh and Blood was #1 Top Rated screenplay on Coverfly's Red List – across all genres – in January 2020.

  • Winner of the inaugural 2019 Four Minute Screenplay Competition.

  • Wrote one of the six winning projects in the Directors UK/ARRI Challenge ALEXA 2018 competition – it screened at 30+ festivals and won 3 best film awards.

  • Winner of the 2017 IMDb Script to Screen Award (and directed the short).

  • Won a place on the BBC Comedy Room 2017/2018 – read guest blog here.

  • Finalist in the 2017 PAGE Awards (top 100 overall, top 10 in Thriller/Horror genre).

  • Semi-finalist Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – twice! (2016 & 2017).

  • Several shorts made – one released theatrically in Ireland & broadcast on Irish TV.

  • Commissioned writer on first series of cult BBC show The Real McCoy.

  • MA in Television Scriptwriting from De Montfort University.


Also available for screenplay consultancy – feedback reports, script editing and coaching.

  • "The most helpful and best feedback." – Iris May co-writer Midlife Drive-Thru (winner of four script competitions)





London (Greater London)


COMMISSIONED / OPTIONED / PRODUCED WORK

X Marks the Spot – short macabre drama – the script won the 2019 Four Minute Screenplay Competition.

Something Special – educational series for BBC Children's channel CBeebies. Commissioned to write material for one episode of series 12 – broadcast late 2020.

Femme Fatale – stage version of 2017 IMDb Script to Screen Award-winning screenplay performed at the Questors Theatre in January 2019. Directed by Peter Gould for a themed evening of short plays about the darker side of social media.

Special Delivery – short drama selected for 30+ festivals including 5 BAFTA-qualifying. One of the winning projects in the Directors UK/ARRI Challenge ALEXA 2018 competition and winner of three best short film festival awards. Directed by Robert Hackett.

Mummy Dearest – black comedy for The Scene 2018 festival at the Tabard Theatre. Directed by Natasha Kathi-Chandra and produced by Get Over It Productions.

Femme Fatale – a darkly comic thriller – writing-directing debut. Short screenplay won the 2017 IMDb Script to Screen Award with a prize of £5000 cash and £1000-worth of hire kit to make the film. World premiere at the FilmBath Festival in November 2017.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

 

SPEC SCRIPTS

Flesh and Blood – contained feature thriller with a cast of just three, all-female – a chained and isolated Teen battles her crazed Mother to escape her bedroom prison.

  • The #1 top rated screenplay on Coverfly's Red List at the start of 2020.

  • Reached last 15 (out of 1000+ submissions) in the 2018 Red Planet Prize.

  • Finalist (top 100 out of 6364 scripts & top 10 in thriller/horror) 2017 PAGE Awards.

  • Semi-Finalist (top 151 out of 7102 scripts) in 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships.

  • Shortlisted for the jury stage of the BAFTA Rocliffe Film Competition 2016.

  • Semi-Finalist (top 149 out of 6915 scripts) in 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships.

  • Shortlisted (top 40 out of 3100) in BBC Writersroom Scriptroom 10 in 2016.


The Life and Deaths of Jim Reaper – feature comedy – accident-prone hitman enjoys great success without ever killing anyone – think Pink Panther meets Final Destination.

  • Quarter-finalist (top 10%) in the Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Contest.

  • Selected for Script Lab with Jonathan Lynn at 2018 London Screenwriters' Festival.

  • Selected for the Central European Pitch Forum in 2007.


Funny Tinge! – half-hour authored sketch show for a diverse cast to perform provocative character comedy.

  • Selected for the BBC Comedy Script Room 2017 (top 12 out of 2672 scripts).


Sleepers – one-hour TV pilot – a sci-fi/horror conspiracy thriller about a secret army of brainwashed killers embedded in society who are triggered by signals from deep space.

  • Reached the final 28 (out of 1000+ submissions) in the 2016 Red Planet Prize.

  • Longlisted (top 100) in the 2013 BBC Writersroom's New Year Script Room.


Out on a Limb – 30-minute black comedy – an amnesiac wakes up in a strange bedroom, hand-cuffed to a severed arm, and with the police banging on the door.

  • Reached second shift (top 14%) of BBC Script Room 9 (Comedy) in 2015.

  • Script gained me a place on the TAPS 2007 continuing drama course.


Cybertecs – TV pilot – Sikh family who run an internet café in Southall, West London, also moonlight as Cyber Detectives investigating impossible "Digital Gothic" mysteries.

  • Revised draft reached last 18 (out of 700 scripts) in 2009 Writersroom CBBC contest.

  • BBC held a three-month option in 2001 on the original draft.


Big Muffensemble workplace sitcom set in a rehearsal studio where the fictional staff interact with real-life music acts.

  • Rehearsed reading in 2011 by the London Comedy Writers, Upstairs at the Old Kings Head.

  • TAPS workshopped comedy writer in 2002.


The Folks on the Hill – sitcom – new populist government on law and order ticket brings back Crucifixion, but as a sop to the conservationists, they put two people on a cross.

  • Won the Guardian Unlimited "Funny Farm" comedy writing competition in 2006.

  • Shortlisted (final 30 out 800 scripts) in BBC Two-Timing competition in 2004.

  • Originally a series of sketches written for The Real McCoy - but all were dropped at the last moment - except for this one which slipped through!


The Mobius Tape – 30-minute standalone – a found-footage thriller, told backwards, via "layers" on a Hi8 video tape.

  • Script reached second round of the BBC Writersroom Sharps competition in 2008.


Childrens writing, Comedy, Comedy (topical), Film, Online writing, Radio, Short story, Television, Theatre