Jillian Mannion is a television and film scriptwriter and script editor from Scotland. She writes for the continuing drama River City and her first feature film script Random Acts of Romance was nominated for Best Dramatic Screenplay at the LEO Awards. While studying at Vancouver Film School she received an award for academics, professionalism and script analysis and her second feature script reached the quarter finals of the Page Awards in Hollywood. Before becoming a scriptwriter Jillian partially trained as a midwife and was a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.
Currently writing on Series 21. Episodes 1 & 20 commissioned.
Series 20, Episodes 3 & 28
“Life Begins at 40”
(Drama) Pilot Episode. After being stabbed outside of his extremely violent high school in Glasgow, Leon Webster will stop at nothing to find out who did this to him and why.
(Animation) Three bodyguards must return a pink diamond to the temple of peace while saving the princess of their home country.
Director: Katrin Bowen
Producer: Dylan Drummond
Director: Jim Norman
(Drama) Jake and his gang of inept criminals clash with a team of highly-trained professional thieves when they rob a bank at the same time.
(Drama) James has a crisis of conscience over his job as a mental health lawyer when he falls for a client and realises that his life has become stale.
(Noir Drama) A washed-up, alcoholic reporter uncovers a shocking scandal when a rich widow hires him to investigate her husband’s murder.
(Comedy) Four female drug addicts find themselves in hot water when they kill a drug dealer in self-defence.
Awards & Nominations
Random Acts of Romance nominated for Best Dramatic Screenplay at the LEO Awards.
The Handover winner of Best Writer at 48 Hour Film Project.
Chances Are reached the quarter-finals of Hollywood screenplay contest The Page Awards.
Vancouver Film School, Achievement in Academics, Professionalism and Script Analysis.
Donald Dewar Arts Award for Creative Writing.
Relevant Employment & Experience
River City Story Conferences
2017 – Present
BBC Scotland Writers Room Residential
Freelance Script Editor and Script Reader
Fiction Journalist D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd (Publishers) Sep 2008-2014
BBC Script Secretary “River City”