Robert Wilkins is a multi-award-winning writer/director known for his heartfelt, visually cinematic storytelling, with raw emotions. He is an expert at crafting character-driven stories, working with actors and non-actors alike. Starting in documentary Robert burst into the public consciousness with the visceral, taboo-bashing film ‘Gypsy Blood’ for Channel 4. An exploration of fathers and sons in the Gypsy community, it went on to be BAFTA nominated.
This hunger to unearth new voices and an eye for humanity has led Robert to create original advertising films for brands including Guinness, eBay, Waitrose, Oppo, British Airways, Tesco, and Sony and for the charities BBC Children in Need, Breast Cancer Now and CALM.
His new work for eBay stands out for its bright sound design and inventive camerawork, dropping us literally into the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the action.
Robert’s important advert for suicide prevention charity CALM screened to millions on ITV as part of the last men’s football World Cup. It puts viewers into the mind of England hero Declan Rice as he plays out a mental health breakdown under the glare of the stadium lights. Robert is proud to be a part of the conversation to reframe masculinity and strength, encouraging those who are struggling that it is okay to be vulnerable and speak out, as opposed to battling invisible opponents alone.