Gabriel Robertson is a film and television writer and director based in Glasgow. He has written a screenplay adaptation of the Christopher Brookmyre teen-horror novel ‘Pandaemonium’ for Blazing Griffin and is attached to direct. The film is scheduled to shoot in Scotland and New Zealand in 2023. He is also currently writing another feature script commission for Blazing Griffin, a horror film set in North America called ‘Begich Towers’, and is writing a television crime drama centred around an investigative journalist, Jack Parlabane, based on Christopher Brookmyre’s ‘Black Widow’ novel. He shot his original feature film ‘Ni’ihau’ in Summer 2017. The film is set in Hawaii in 1941 and based on a true story.
His short film, ‘The Gift’ was shot in the USA and stars Xander Berkeley (24, Terminator 2, Apollo 13). It had its UK debut at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival where is was nominated for Best Short. It has toured festivals worldwide. Screenings include, The Tupelo Film Festival, where it won Best International Film, LA Shorts Fest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Rhode Island Film Festival, Beverley Hills Film Festival, Honolulu Film Awards, winner of the Silver Lei award and winner, Best Mississippi Film, at the Grenada Afterglow Film Festival. Produced by 27 Ten productions.
Gabriel was commissioned by Black Camel Films to write his original feature film screenplay ‘The Drift’ a thriller set in 1980’s Hong Kong. He was selected to take part in ‘Network’, a film development scheme backed by the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Creative Scotland, where he developed his film screen play ‘Don’t Speak, Scream’.
His short film ‘Bucket’, was completed in 2014 and stars Paul Brannigan (‘Sunshine on Leith’, ‘Under the Skin’) and gained him a nomination for a New Talent writing award from Bafta Scotland. It was screened at Cannes Short Film Corner and at Honolulu Festival where it won a Best First Film award. It was produced by 27 Ten Productions.
Gabriel took part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival, writer/director talent lab in 2016. He was included in ‘Ones To Watch’, a selection of the most exciting new voices in Scottish Film, chosen by Edinburgh International Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival in 2014.
His narrative comedy series ‘Smashed’ and ‘House of Usher’ have been in development with Objective Productions. Gabriel has also worked with the Comedy unit in Glasgow, writing and directing projects including a pilot ‘Clyde Valley Warriors’ for BBC Scotland and writing for the TX series.
He has worked as a Story-Liner on ‘Eastenders’ and also on ‘River City’, the BBC’s continuing drama. Gabriel wrote and directed his play ‘Neh See Ens’, which was performed at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in September 2011. The success of the show lead to a residency with the National Theatre of Scotland in November 2011. During this period, Gabriel wrote ‘The Crab & The Egret’ which was performed at Glasgow’s Centre for Creative Arts as the headline piece in The Cheeky B’s ‘Apocalypse’ Series.