North Star Productions (“North Star” or the “Company”) is a British film production company which has been established to bring together individuals with a proven track record in producing profitable British TV and film.
North Star’s management team includes: Neil Fitzmaurice, co-writer of the hit Channel 4 TV comedy “Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights”, as well as writer of “Going Off Big Time” which recently premiered on Sky Box Office; Jim Doyle, the director of “Going Off Big Time” who has also won awards at the Galway and Cherborg Film Festivals; and Tony Fitzmaurice, Associate Producer of “Going Off Big Time”.
History & Track Record
“Going Off Big Time” was written by, and starred, Neil Fitzmaurice, and was the first of a series of films (such as “The 51st State” starring Samuel L. Jackson), shot in Liverpool. The film was produced on a budget of £500,000 and took just five weeks to shoot using virtually all local cast and crew. The film has gone on to enjoy further success on DVD and video formats and was recently premiered on Sky Movie Max. Sales continue around the world and its debut screening on terrestrial TV took place on Channel 4 in 2005.
In May 2000, “Going Off Big Time” premiered at The Cannes Film Festival and it’s success there led to a distribution deal with Entertainment Films. The film made its national cinema debut on 22 September 2000 and enjoyed huge cinema and critical success, being nominated in four categories at the British Independent Film Awards including ‘Best Newcomer On Screen’ (Neil Fitzmaurice), and ‘Best Achievement In Production’ (Tony Fitzmaurice). The film attracted positive reviews with one reviewer claiming “Going Off Big Time” has “…razor sharp wit, matched with razor sharp violence means that such comparisons with Tarantino are, for once, not unjustified…” (Nev Pierce, Total Film).
Neil is an accomplished writer, actor and broadcaster whose first feature film script, “Going Off Big Time”, was released and distributed in 2000. In the same year, he received a coveted British Comedy Award for his work on “That Peter Kay Thing”.
His writing projects also include the feature film Charlie Noades R.I.P and the critically acclaimed “Phoenix Nights” (Series 1 and 2) for Channel 4, the second of which won a British Comedy Award in December 2002 and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2003.
As an actor, Neil has also starred alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights and Buried for CH4 as well as The Office BBC2, Eyes Down BBC1, ITV drama Mobile and most recently wrote and starred in the feature film Charlie Noades R.I.P scheduled for release in February 2010.
Neil has also just finished the film comedy 15 Minuets That Shook The World were he plays the role of Liverpool FC Manager Rafa Benitez.
As a Broadcaster Neil occupies the drive time show five times a week for Merseyside’s biggest radio station City FM and the Saturday breakfast show on sister station City Talk.
Tony started his career in the media as a freelance sound and stage engineer in 1980. Working throughout Europe and the UK, he acquired substantial stage production skills over a ten-year period.
Tony then started two successful businesses in the leisure industry strengthening his managerial and business expertise, before committing to the production of “Going Off Big Time” where he was responsible for securing funding, managing the budget, sourcing the key on-set requirements, locations transport and production bases. “Going Off Big Time” was delivered for £500,000 on time and below budget.
Tony Produced “15 Minuets That Shook The World” for DVD in October 2009, and on it’s release has become the fastest selling LFC DVD of all Time.