Gillian Robespierre

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Gillian Robespierre
Gillian Robespierre
Robespierre in 2014
Born (1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 40)
NationalityUnited States
EducationSchool of Visual Arts (BA)
OccupationFilmmaker, writer, director, producer, actress
Known forObvious Child

Gillian Robespierre (June 29, 1978)[1] is an American director and writer, known for writing and directing the films Obvious Child and Landline.

Early life[edit]

Gillian Robespierre, 2014)

Robespierre was born and raised in New York City. In 2005 she graduated from the School of Visual Arts, where she majored in Film and Video.[2][3]


Robespierre began her career working as a production assistant on big budget features like American Gangster.[4] She also worked for the Directors Guild of America until 2014.[2]

In 2009 Robespierre co-wrote (with Anna Bean and Karen Maine) and directed the short film Obvious Child, about a young woman who is impregnated after a one-night stand and decides to have an abortion. Robespierre approached Jenny Slate to star in the lead role after seeing her perform at a comedy club.[5]

Robespierre later expanded the short into her 2014 feature film debut Obvious Child with Slate once again playing the lead role. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by A24 Films.

In early 2015 Robespierre announced she was developing a comedy pilot for FX with Elisabeth Holm, who co-wrote Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor.[6]

Robespierre's second film, Landline, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2017, followed by a theatrical release on July 21, 2017. The film stars Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco, John Turturro and Jay Duplass.


Year Title Credit Notes
2017 Landline Writer, Director
2014 Obvious Child Writer, Director, Producer
2009 Obvious Child Writer, Director, Producer (Short)

As Director[edit]



  1. ^ "Gillian M Robespierre". FamilySearch.
  2. ^ a b "Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #38: Gillian Robespierre Delivers Raw Honesty and Humor in 'Obvious Child'". IndieWire. January 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Grimaldi, James (Fall 2014). "What's in Store". Visual Arts Journal. p. 13
  5. ^ Johnson, Kjerstin. "New short film is cute, quirky, and candid. And it's about abortion". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "It's Official: Jenny Slate to Star in FX Comedy Pilot From 'Obvious Child' Team". Retrieved 27 April 2015.

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