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Tom Kinninmont

Agent:  Julian Friedmann

Biography: Tom is an award-winning  Scottish writer, producer and  director, who has worked extensively in film and television and directed or produced several West End and numerous touring theatre productions.

His films include Hostage, starring Sam Neill and James Fox,  After Alice, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Polly Walker,  The Enemy, in which he directed Roger Moore and Luke Perry, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, starring Peter O’Toole.

Tom worked with Gilbert Adair to develop Blind Revenge, directed by Raoul Ruiz, starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Conti and he and Gilbert co-wrote the forthcoming film The Carer, directed by Janos Edelenyi and starring Brian Cox, Emilia Fox and Anna Chancellor.


  • THE CARER (Principal Photography Spring 2015. Co-written with Gilbert Adair. Vita Nova, Goldfinch Pictures and Hopscotch Films)
  • NANCY'S BOY (Wartime drama. Co-written with Gilbert Adair. Optioned by Steve Clark-Hall (producer of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock). Based on real events)
  • SWINGERS (Romantic comedy co-written with Tom Shields. Set in New York and Scotland. Polaroid's plan to launch a trendy new camera is threatened by raunchy Polaroid photographs featuring in the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Based on real events)
  • WITNESS THE NIGHT (Co-written by Gilbert Adair. Thriller set in India, adapted from the Costa prize-winning novel by Kishwar Desai. Optioned by Himesh Kar)
  • THE GRAND COMPLIMENT (With Gilbert Adair. Feature film, period drama)
  • THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE (With Samantha Backhurst. High-concept family action TV series with time travel, pirates, love and geeky science)
  • NEWSROOM (With Samantha Bakhurst. High-concept pilot for returning hour-long TV drama series)
  • THE PROMISE (2004/5. Feature film based on true story of British builders who build a school in Kenya)
  • GET LUCKY (2004. Novel and treatment. A consummate con artist who specialises in working to order for corporate clients meets her match. A dramatic thriller and a moving love story)
  • THE CASANOVA SWITCH (A high-concept romantic comedy)
  • THE SHRINK (Commercial TV drama format)
  • ISLAND AT WAR (Feature film based on Isle of Man story set during internment in WWII)
  • FIRE & ICE (1996. Thriller treatment for Technisonor, France)
  • JUDGE AND JURY (1994. TV movie proposal for Regina Zeigler Filmproduktion)
  • STREET BASKETBALL (1994. TV Movie for Studiofilm 38)
  • THRILLER COLLECTION (1994. Concept document used as basis of the Pro 7 movie series. Created storylines for MOTHERLY LOVE and DOUBLE TAKE (Germany))
  • AMBITION (Pilot script for long running series for Frankfurter Filmproduktion, Germany)
  • INTERPOL (1993. Pilot for long running series for Warner Brothers)
  • LIVERPOOL LEOPARD (2005. High-concept, feel-good football movie, set in UK and SA. Also co-producer)
  • LOVE COLLECTION (1997. 6 storylines for Telefilm Saar, Germany)
  • BLIND WITNESS (1995. 90 minute TV thriller for Pro 7's THRILLER COLLECTION. Produced 1995 by Frankfurter Filmproduktion)
  • THE ENEMY (Feature film treatment of the book by Desmond Bagley for Promark)


  • WIFE AFTER DEATH (2010. A new comedy by Eric Chappell starring Tom Conti. National theatre tour)
  • THE ENEMY (2001. Starring Luke Perry, Roger Moore, Tom Conti, Olivia D'Abo and Horst Buchholtz. Action movie for Promark USA, and UFA Germany)
  • LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (2000. Starring Tom Conti. National tour)
  • JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL (1999. Starring Peter O'Toole. Film of the stage play. TX. BBC2 Christmas 1999. Video and DVD issued by VCI, Autumn 2000)
  • JESUS MY BOY (1998. Starring Tom Conti. West End, Apollo Theatre)
  • A CHRISTMAS DICKENS (1997. Also producer. 5x30 sequel. Starring Simon Callow. TX. Christmas week 1997, BBC 2)
  • AN AUDIENCE WITH CHARLES DICKENS (1996. Also producer. 5x30 starring Simon Callow. TX. Christmas week 1996, BBC TV)

For the stage:

  • IDENTICAL TWINS (1984. Tron Theatre)
  • SECOND THOUGHTS (1982. Tron Theatre. Revived Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 1984)
  • BRITANNICA (1978. Traverse Theatre)
  • THE PROVOST (1977. Borderline Theatre Co.)

As producer:

BLIND REVENGE (2009. Feature film based on the novel A CLOSED BOOK by Gilbert Adair, directed by Raoul Ruiz, starring Daryl Hannah, Tom Conti, Miriam Margolyes and Elaine Paige)

ON PAIN OF DEATH (2007. Based on a Georges Simenon novel. Script by Steve Hawes. Director David Drury. Starring Charles Dance and Gabriel Byrne (non-contractual))

FLYAWAY (2007. As Executive Producer. A film about bullying in schools. Written by Helen Blizzard)

BLIND MAN'S BLUFF (2006. By Gilbert Adair. Director Raoul Ruiz. Starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Conti)

THE REAL THING (2005. By Tom Stoppard. National Tour. Starring Tom Conti)

BOMBSHELLS (2004. This award-winning show, starring Caroline O'Connor, transferred from the Edinburgh Fringe for a season at the Arts Theatre in London's West End. Nominated for an Olivier Award in Best Actress Category)

BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (2004. Starring Michael Praed and Helen Anker. DVD of the West End Musical)

ONE HELLUVA LIFE (2002-4. Starring Tom Conti. Opened Dublin Theatre Festival 2002, then national tour in 2003. Revived in March 2004 at Theatre Royal, Windsor)

DUSTY - THE MUSICAL (2000. Starring Mari Wilson. Theatre tour)

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1999. Starring Daryl Hannah. West End)

JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL (1999. Starring Tom Conti. Theatre tour)

JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL (1999. Starring Peter O'Toole. West End: The Old Vic)

JESUS MY BOY (1999. With Tom Conti. West End)

EYE OF THE KILLER (Starring Kiefer Sutherland: feature film)

THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS (Starring Tom Conti. Theatre tour)

A CHRISTMAS DICKENS (1997. Also director. 5x30 sequel. Starring Simon Callow. TX. Christmas week 1997, BBC 2)

AN AUDIENCE WITH CHARLES DICKENS (1996. Also director. 5x30 starring Simon Callow. TX. Christmas week 1996, BBC TV)

BAD BOYS (1994. By Ian Pattison. Film drama starring Karl Howman. Pilot for a series, BBC 1)

HOSTAGE (1992. Starring Sam Neill, James Fox, Art Malik and Talisa Soto. Feature film based on NO PLACE TO HIDE by Ted Allbeury. Script by Arthur Hopcraft. Director Robert Young)

JUSTICE GAME 2 (1990. Starring Denis Lawson. TV mini-series BBC 1)

UNEXPLAINED LAUGHTER (1989. By Alun Owen. From the novel by Alice Thomas Ellis. Starring Diana Rigg and Elaine Paige. TV movie, BBC 1)

EFFIE'S BURNING (1989. By Valerie Windsor. Starring Phyllis Logan and Gordon Jackson. BBC 1)

THE DUNROAMIN RISING (1988. By Colin McDonald. RTS finalist: Best Single Drama. BBC 1)

TO SEE OURSELVES (1988. By Gawn Grainger. BBC 1)

A VIEW OF HARRY CLARK (1988. Starring Griff Rhys Jones and Elaine Paige. TV play)

THE STORY OF A RECLUSE (1987. By Alasdair Grey. Starring Stewart Granger and Peter Capaldi. TV play, BBC 2)

THE HOUSEMAN'S TALE (1987. By Colin Douglas. Starring Colin Forsyth. TV mini-series, BBC 1)

THE SHUTTER FALLS (1986. By Norman Malcolm MacDonald. BBC 2)

PARIS (1985. By Ronald Frame. Pye UK Award. Best 1st Script for TV, The Samuel Beckett Award, 1986, BBC 2)

KNOWING THE SCORE (1985. By Alma Cullen. BBC 2)

IN TRACTION (1985 By Stuart Patterson. BBC 2)

LENT (1984. By Michael Wilcox. Starring Harry Andrews and Fabia Drake. Trics Award: Best TV Play. Trics Award: Best Actor (Harry Andrews). Pye UK Award: Best Scripted Contribution to TV. BBC 2)