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Jon Gilbert

Writer

Represented by:

Humphrey Elles-Hill

https://www.jongilbert.co.uk/

After making several successful shorts as writer-director, Jon’s career as a screenwriter kickstarted when he was one of eight writers selected for the First Film Foundation’s ‘First Development’ scheme, during which he wrote his debut feature script The Sculptress and The Thief. The same script later placed third in the internationally-renowned Final Draft ‘Big Break’ contest, where judge Joel Schumacher described it as “original, fascinating, visual and full of surprises”.

Jon co-wrote the film adaptation of David Grossman’s novel The Zigzag Kid, starring Isabella Rossellini, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival before screening at Berlin and numerous other festivals worldwide ahead of a European and U.S. release. The Zigzag Kid won various 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.

Over the past decade, Jon has developed scripts with various well-known production companies including Pulse Films, Bedlam, Big Talk and Agile, and has collaborated with new and established directors including Jaume Collet-Serra, Trudie Styler and Julius Amedume. His original feature film The London Odyssey of Vasile Belea, produced by Kristian Brodie (Beast), is currently in development with the BFI. Earlier this year, Jon wrote one episode of TEACHER, a brand-new four-part Channel Five drama created by Barunka O’Shaughnessy and starring Sheridan Smith.

In addition to his writing, Jon is a senior tutor at the MetFilm School and visiting tutor at institutions including the London Film School, City University and the London Film Academy. He is represented by Independent Talent in the U.K. and Elevate Entertainment and the Gersh Agency in the States.

 

Credits

TELEVISION
Date: 2022
Production (role):
TEACHER
Company:
Channel 5
Project details:
Writer: Episode 3
Starring Sheridan Smith
FEATURE FILM
Production (role):
THE LONDON ODYSSEY OF VASILE BELEA
Company:
BFI
Project details:
In Development

Producer: Kristian Brodie
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):
OPEN VERDICT
Company:
Big Talk / Cotton Reel Productions
Project details:
Pilot episode and treatment for 8 episode TV series
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
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: 2022
    Production (role): TEACHER
    Company: Channel 5
    Project details: Writer: Episode 3
    Starring Sheridan Smith
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date:
    Production (role): THE LONDON ODYSSEY OF VASILE BELEA
    Company: BFI
    Project details: In Development

    Producer: Kristian Brodie
  • 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): OPEN VERDICT
    Company: Big Talk / Cotton Reel Productions
    Project details: Pilot episode and treatment for 8 episode TV series
  • 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:
  • 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
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