Jilly Gardiner

MUDDY POOL PRODUCTIONS

Stage - Screen - Prose - Tutoring-
Script Analysis - Script Mentoring

About Jilly


About JillyAbout JillyAbout Jilly
Liverpool born and bred and very proud of it! A writer of plays, screen, prose and non-fiction, and very enthusiastic storyteller.  A great passion for writing stories with a gritty, realist edge, but with the natural humour that comes with it.  

Writer and executive producer of Being Keegan, starring Stephen Graham, and directed by Stephanie Zari.  The film has won a number of international awards, including Best Short Film at the Scottish International Mental Health Arts Festival, and the International Film Festival of Wales.  You will find Being Keegan on Amazon Prime UK and USA.  IMDb Being Keegan and Trailer

One of the winners of the Windsor Drama Award for New Writing (The Kenneth Branagh Drama Award), and nominated for Best Screenwriter at the BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, Jilly's work has been chosen for production at London's Lost Theatre, Riverside Studios and Canal Cafe Theatre, as well as Swansea Grand and Cambridge’s ADC Theatre, and Dubai’s DUCTAC Theatre, and has been Highly Commended at the London Screenwriters Festival.

Jilly divides her time between teaching scriptwriting/ script supervising and mentoring in the professional and higher education sector including Winchester University and MetFilm school, and also teaches various forms of creative writing and scriptwriting in adult education at Oxford Recovery College, Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, City Lit London and Activate Learning. She also undertakes private tuition for all ages and abilities in creative writing, scriptwriting (Stage/ screen), digital storytelling, online blogging and life writing.

Jilly is very interested in the mental health benefits of creative writing, while currently working on and developing new projects for both stage and screen, prose and non-fiction articles. With a Masters degree in Scriptwriting, Jilly spent the earlier part of her career working in TV broadcasting, studio and transmissions in Cardiff, Wales.

News Update


March 2021 - NYC Midnight Judge

March 2021 - NYC Midnight Judge

Jilly has the pleasure of being a judge in the international storytelling competition NYC Midnight.

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March 2021 - Education and the Class Divide

March 2021 - Education and the Class Divide

My article published in the Oxford Open Learning site - How class still dictates the education received by students. https://www.ool.co.uk/blog/education-and-the-class-divide/

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Tapping into the Subconscious to Bring out Creativity - March 2021

Tapping into the Subconscious to Bring out Creativity - March 2021

My article published on Oxford Open Learning website - how to be creative by delving into the subconscious

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Overcoming Adult Learning Anxiety - Feb 2021

Overcoming Adult Learning Anxiety - Feb 2021

Read my article on how to overcome adult learning anxiety to be successful in adult education.

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Feb 2021 - BEING KEEGAN ON FILM SHORTAGE

Feb 2021 - BEING KEEGAN ON FILM SHORTAGE

Being Keegan chosen for Children's Mental Health Week!

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Oct 2020 - Being Keegan on Amazon Prime!

Oct 2020 - Being Keegan on Amazon Prime!

We are delighted to say that BEING KEEGAN is now streaming on Amazon Prime! Please watch, and if you like then please leave a review!

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July 2020 FILM OF THE WEEK - BITPIX HOLLYSHORTS

July 2020 FILM OF THE WEEK - BITPIX HOLLYSHORTS

Being Keegan Film of the week! Bitpix Los Angeles.

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BEING KEEGAN - BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2020

BEING KEEGAN - BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION 2020

Being Keegan selected for the Berlin Short Film Festival 2020!

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Awards


AwardsAwards
  • AWARDS RELATING TO JILLY:
  • WINNER -  BEST SHORT FILM - Being Keegan
    Nov 1, 2018 - International Film Festival of Wales
  • BEST BRITISH SHORT  - Being Keegan
    Oct 2018 - Winchester International Film Festival.
  • BEST SCREENWRITER (Nominated)  (BAFTA qualifying) - Being Keegan
    Oct 2018 - Underwire Film Festival, London (BAFTA qualifying festival)
  • WINNER - BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DRAMA- Being Keegan
    May 2018 - Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
  • WINNER - AUDIENCE AWARD- Being Keegan
    Apr 2018 h - TMFF, 2018 UK
  • WINNER - DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD - Being Keegan
    Apr 2018 - IndieFlicks, UK
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED  - Yellow Rose
    Oct 2011 - London Screenwriting Festival
  • A WINNER - NEW DRAMA WRITING - Kenneth Branagh Award (Formerly the Windsor Award) - The Muddy Pool
    Oct 2007  - Windsor Festival

Projects


BEING KEEGAN

BEING KEEGAN is a psychological, coming of age short film starring BAFTA nominated Stephen Graham (This is England, Boardwalk Empire). When a tormented naval officer returns home to Liverpool, the city's streets become a landscape for redemption and atonement as he is forced to confront his past.

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Not Quite the Dog and Duck (Stage)

Hard of hearing pensioners, Margaret and Alfred, arrange to meet after hooking up on an Internet dating site. They delightfully chat to one another in a trendy wine-bar, neither realising that the other is their blind date. A light-hearted comedy, illustrating that being over eighty doesn’t mean you’re over the hill.

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A Date with Doris (Stage)

She's a feisty pensioner on the prowl for a new man - God help him!

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The Muddy Pool (Stage)

It's Maisee's worst day ever! Not only is she fed up with her parents arguing all the time, but she's been told she's getting one of those smelly ugly things called a baby brother or sister! Could it really get any worse? At least she has her best friend to confide in... the River Mersey

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Red Card (Stage)

Red Card takes place in 1977 Liverpool, and tells the story of two football mad kids, Jay and Sean. Their dream is to hold the cup up in Anfield one day like their football hero, Kevin Keegan. It explores the relationship between Sean and Jay, and how the very young have a spark and excitement for the future.. a feeling that they can be whatever they want to be. But when tragedy happens, the reality of growing up and experiencing the events of life and death can wreck plans, incite cynicism and shatter lives.

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Yellow Rose (Screen short)

When two pensioners meet on a blind date in this modern age of technology - things don't always run smoothly.

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Tutoring Testimonials


 Jilly is amazing with lots of experience. My 11year old son loves and looking forward to every session. The lessons are very well prepared, great materials used and all with professional approach. We are so glad we have found Jilly."

Ms Wepa-RybaPrivate Creative Writing Tutoring
     

 'I Really enjoyed the course. Jilly was a great teacher and made it very interesting' 'Jilly the tutor is really good, she listens to us..' 'Course was brilliant. Jilly is a very good teacher..' 'The course has made me feel more confident about myself..'"

Adult Learning StudentsCreative writing for mental health

Services


Jilly has more than a decade teaching storytelling in its various forms to people of all ages and abilities, these include advanced learners at post graduate level to beginners in the subject, as well as being a practitioner for stage and for film. Besides this, Jilly also has substantial experience teaching storytelling and scriptwriting in the following fields:

SCRIPT ANALYSIS SERVICE

Comprehensive written constructive feedback on any length script (screen or stage), to help improve and strengthen your creative work.

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WRITING TUITION

Online and face to face Writing Tuition - By email or video link (Face Time, Skype etc.by a highly experienced and fully qualified teacher and practitioner).

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ONLINE SCRIPT SUPERVISION/ MENTORING

One to one supervision, mentoring you through various changes and drafts of your script, to bring it up to industry standard, ready for production or submission.

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CREATIVE WRITING FOR SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Jilly has extensive experience in teaching script writing and creative writing to students at home and abroad whose first language is not English. Creative writing can be a way to improve on the English language and build confidence further, and can be more fun than standard ESOL English language learning - We very much welcome students whose first language is not English.

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Writing to improve mental health


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Mental Health Benefits:

Creative writing has been proven to have very positive properties for people suffering from issues concerning their mental health, including helping with self expression, building confidence, organising thoughts and feelings, improving mood, reducing stress levels and improving motivation.

Jilly works with several organisations and a charity which strive to use creative writing as a positive therapy to improve mental health as a whole. We very much welcome people who may suffer from a variety of health issues, where they are looking for a way to improve their general wellbeing.

Jilly is a Mental Health First Aider.

Skills


Screenwriter

Screenwriter - Develop new writing for screen - open to new projects and collaborations

Playwright

Playwright - Develop new writing for stage - open to new projects and collaborations

Proofreading

Proofreading and Editing - Welcome new work.

Storytelling

Substantial experience storytelling in industry and in academic institutions.

Voice Artist

Remotely or in studio - I have my own professional studio, and welcome work in this line.

Film Lecturer

Substantial experience teaching various film elements and production in academic institutions up to post graduate level.

Scriptwriting Lecturer

8 years experience teaching Scriptwriting for various mediums in a number of academic institutions to post graduate level.

Creative Writing Lecturer

Substantial experience teaching creative writing in academic institutions up to post graduate level.

Script Reading Service

Comprehensive written constructive feedback on any length script (screen or stage) to help improve and strengthen your creative work.

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Contact


Any questions, queries or comments - please write in the box below, and I will get back to you ASAP! Thanks..

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