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Jon Gilbert

Writer

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Humphrey Elles-Hill

Jon began his career in film and TV as a writer/director of short films, including ‘The Confidence Trick’  (2003) and ‘Toshi’  (2009), the latter of which won a special award at the 2010 Bradford Film Festival. In 2005, his debut feature screenplay came third in the the Final Draft screenwriting contest, with judge Joel Schumacher describing it as “original, fascinating, visual and full of surprises”.

Jon’s first produced feature as screenwriter came in 2012, with an adaptation of David Grossman’s novel ‘The Zigzag Kid’, which premiered at Toronto ahead of a European and U.S. release, going on to screen in Berlin and numerous other festivals worldwide. Co-written with director Vincent Bal, it stars Isabella Rossellini and has gone on to win multiple awards including the Young Audience Prize at the 2013 European Film Academy and the Golden Elephant for Best Screenplay at the 18th Indian Children’s Film Festival.

Amongst other projects, Jon is currently developing thriller ‘Ellesmore Road’ with producers Ben Shields Catlin and John Giwa-Amu, sports drama ‘War Game’ for Takedown Pictures/Bedlam Productions, and ‘Open Verdict’, a 6-part TV conspiracy thriller, with Big Talk and producer James Cotton (Powder Room).

As well as his writing and directing, Jon has worked extensively as a freelance script consultant for companies including Universal, the Works, the Film Council and the BFI. He is a lead tutor on the London Film School’s MA Screenwriting course as well as teaching on both the MA and BA courses at the Met Film School since 2015.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2012
Production (role):
THE ZIG ZAG KID (Co-Writer)
Company:
BosBros Productions
Project details:
Dir. / Co-Writer: Vincent Bal, from David Grossman’s novel

Cast Isabella Rosselini, Burghart Klausner and Thomas Simon

Screened at 2012 Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival 2013

Best Screenplay Award, Indian Children’s Film Festival 2013
OPTIONED & COMMISIONED SCRIPTS (Selected)
Production (role):
THE SCULPTRESS AND THE THIEF
Company:
Maven Pictures
Project details:
Prod. Trudie Styler

Awards: 2005 Final Draft Big Break Contest (3rd Place)
Production (role):
WAR GAME
Company:
Bedlam Productions / Takedown Films
Project details:
Dir. Simon Egan
Production (role):
DISTURBED
Company:
Agile Films
Project details:
Dir. David Stoddart
Production (role):
SPOTTER
Company:
Screenchannel / Cotton Reel Productions
Production (role):
HERE ON EARTH (Co-Writer)
Company:
Sound Films
Project details:
Dir. / Co-Writer John Williams
Production (role):
NEW BEST FRIEND
Company:
Trinamite Productions / Screen South
TELEVISION (Optioned)
Production (role):
OPEN VERDICT
Company:
Big Talk / Cotton Reel Productions
Project details:
Pilot episode and treatment for 8 episode TV series
SHORT FILM
Date: 2009
Production (role):
TOSHI (Writer / Director)
Project details:
Cast Kentaro Suyama and Sandy Foster

Winner of Special Prize at Bradford Film Festival

Screened at festivals during 2009-2010 inc. Palm Springs and Berlin Interfilm
Date: 2007
Production (role):
TIMEBOMB (Writer / Director)
Company:
Wild Honey
Project details:
Cast Richard Chegwidden
Date: 2003
Production (role):
THE CONFIDENCE TRICK (Writer / Director)
Company:
Wild Honey / The British Council
Project details:
Cast Daniel Lapaine and Jeremy Sheffield

Festival Screenings: Dresden 2004; Raindance 2003, St Louis 2003, Portobello 2003, L.A. Shorts Fest 2003
THEATRE
Date: 2006
Production (role):
THE SPERM MONOLOGUES (Co-Writer)
Company:
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Project details:
Dir. / Co-Writer James Farrell

Time Out’s Critic’s Choice

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): THE ZIG ZAG KID (Co-Writer)
    Company: BosBros Productions
    Project details: Dir. / Co-Writer: Vincent Bal, from David Grossman’s novel

    Cast Isabella Rosselini, Burghart Klausner and Thomas Simon

    Screened at 2012 Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival 2013

    Best Screenplay Award, Indian Children’s Film Festival 2013
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): THE SCULPTRESS AND THE THIEF
    Company: Maven Pictures
    Project details: Prod. Trudie Styler

    Awards: 2005 Final Draft Big Break Contest (3rd Place)
  • Production (role): WAR GAME
    Company: Bedlam Productions / Takedown Films
    Project details: Dir. Simon Egan
  • Production (role): DISTURBED
    Company: Agile Films
    Project details: Dir. David Stoddart
  • Production (role): SPOTTER
    Company: Screenchannel / Cotton Reel Productions
    Project details:
  • Production (role): HERE ON EARTH (Co-Writer)
    Company: Sound Films
    Project details: Dir. / Co-Writer John Williams
  • Production (role): NEW BEST FRIEND
    Company: Trinamite Productions / Screen South
    Project details:
  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): OPEN VERDICT
    Company: Big Talk / Cotton Reel Productions
    Project details: Pilot episode and treatment for 8 episode TV series
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): TOSHI (Writer / Director)
    Company:
    Project details: Cast Kentaro Suyama and Sandy Foster

    Winner of Special Prize at Bradford Film Festival

    Screened at festivals during 2009-2010 inc. Palm Springs and Berlin Interfilm
  • Date: 2007
    Production (role): TIMEBOMB (Writer / Director)
    Company: Wild Honey
    Project details: Cast Richard Chegwidden
  • Date: 2003
    Production (role): THE CONFIDENCE TRICK (Writer / Director)
    Company: Wild Honey / The British Council
    Project details: Cast Daniel Lapaine and Jeremy Sheffield

    Festival Screenings: Dresden 2004; Raindance 2003, St Louis 2003, Portobello 2003, L.A. Shorts Fest 2003
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): THE SPERM MONOLOGUES (Co-Writer)
    Company: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    Project details: Dir. / Co-Writer James Farrell

    Time Out’s Critic’s Choice