Born in the Philippines and brought up in England, Khairil has been in love with the movies since he first saw ‘Back to the Future’ and discovered filmmaking during the mid-90’s through the numerous indie low-budget filmmakers of the time such as Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
After his first two short films, ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Some Like It White’, Khairil made his name in the film industry with his debut feature film ‘Ciplak’ which was shot on a shoestring budget of RM10,000 (RM8,500 of which was spent on the camera), shot during the weekends whilst still working in an advertising agency as a copywriter. The film was distributed by Golden Screen Cinemas in the GSC International Screens in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, receiving rave reviews and won the Anugerah Skrin 2006 for ‘Best Alternative Film’.
Known for taking on multiple roles behind the camera, Khairil not only writes and directs but also edits and works behind the camera as director of photography (DOP), as he did for Gavin Yap’s debut feature film as writer/director, ‘Take Me To Dinner’, released mid 2014.
Apart from filmmaking, Khairil has also been involved in theatre, appearing on stage in productions such as ‘Lost and Found’, directed by Joe Hasham and Gavin Yap, as well as writing music for theatre productions such as ‘Life Sdn Bhd 6: Abuse’ and ‘Malaysian Girls’, also directed by Joe Hasham. He also records a podcast for the website ‘Geeks In Malaysia’ with co-hosts Amelia Chen and Nick Dorian, covering all things geeky from comics and movies to TV and games, and has played in a number of bands such as Khaimano, Y2k & Rollin’ Sixers.
His last feature was his first major studio motion picture, ‘Showdown’, for Grand Brilliance released in April 2016. He is currently in post-production for his fifth feature film, ‘Kickflip’.