Robert McKillop has recently directed three episodes of the Channel 4 comedy-drama series ‘Not Safe for Work’. Robbie graduated from Edinburgh Napier with a BA (Hons) Photography and Film degree in 2004. He subsequently graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield with an MA Directing Fiction for Film and Television in 2011.
‘Not Safe for Work’ follows civil servant Katherine (Zawe Ashton), who is forced to move from London to a satellite office in Northampton following public sector cuts. It explores the shattered personal and professional lives of a group of highly dysfunctional civil servants. ‘The Guardian’ described the series as ‘a mordantly funny dissection of post-uni existence, anchored by fine performances’, ‘such a good series: warm and absurd, serious and moving’, and ‘the best vision of ennui and simmering despair on telly for years’.
While a student at Edinburgh Napier, Robbie unusually won an award at Scottish Students on Screen when he was only in the second year of the programme. This was for his autobiographical, experimental short, ‘Windfall’. He has had work selected for the Encounters Short Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Since graduating from the National Film and Television School, Robbie has been working as a television director. He previously directed the second series of ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ based on the book of short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm and broadcast on Sky Arts in November and December 2013.