IT’S been 10 years in the making but, last night, writer, star and co-producer Neil Fitzmaurice enjoyed the premiere of his second film.
Stars gathered at the Showcase Cinema, in Liverpool, to watch Charlie Noades RIP, a feel-good comedy directed by Jim Doyle and co-produced by Neil and his brother, Tony.
It stars Neil, John Thomson, John McArdle, John Henshaw, Dominic Carter and Lynn Francis – and also features Echo and The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch in his first film role.
The film also stars Neil’s former Phoenix Nights colleagues Justin Moorhouse and Dave Spikey, as well as Suzanne Collins, Pauline Daniels and Micky Finn.
Neil, whose first film, Going Off Big Time, came out in 2000, said: “I’m so proud of the work that everybody put in to get this film made. We had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get here. It’s independent cinema at its purest and a lesson in just what can be achieved with dedication, inspiration – and a lot of perspiration.”
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