Ian Fitzgibbon

Director and writer for film and television
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Biography

Ian Fitzgibbon is a BAFTA nominated director who was born in Dublin and raised in Brussels, Belgium. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he took a degree in French and Spanish. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has a long and extensive acting career principally on English television where his credits range from Prime Suspect to Father Ted.

Between Dreams, one of his first short films was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. His first feature, the critically acclaimed A Film With Me In It, had its North American premiere at TIFF 2008. It was nominated for numerous Irish film awards and it went on to win the special jury prize for best international film at the Istanbul International Film Festival. Perrier’s Bounty, his second feature, starring Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent, received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 prior to its UK and US release. 

Death of a Superhero, starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brody-Sangster, had its world premiere at The Toronto Film Fest and was acquired by Tribeca Films for distribution in America. It was awarded the audience prize and the jury prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival and best film and best director at the Irish Film and Television Awards. To date it has won over 20 international awards at European film festivals. 

His extensive television directing includes two seasons of Threesome, Moone Boy: Series 2, starring Chris O’Dowd, for which he won an IFTA as best television director, Trying Again written by Simon Blackwell, and The Awkward Age written by and starring Dylan Moran for Sky’s Little Cracker series. 

His most recent work includes Nurse (BBC 2) produced by and starring Paul Whitehouse, both series of Raised by Wolves (Big Talk/Channel 4) written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran and Damned (WhatLarks!/Channel 4) Ian's latest project, Loaded, is currently airing on Channel 4.

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TV

Director

ProducerGreg Daniels
Starring
  • Wyatt Cenac
  • Oscar Nunez
  • Ana Gasteyer
  • Michael Cassidy
  • Nancy Lenehan
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    Comedy about a support group for alien abductees

    Warner Horizon for TBS
     
    Loaded
    3 x 45'
    CreatorJon Brown
    WriterJon Brown
     

    Comedy drama about a group of friends who become multi-millionaires overnight

    Hillbilly Films for Channel 4
    In development
     
    Damned
    6 x 30'
    ProducerClaire Whalley
    WriterJo Brand & Morwenna Banks
    Starring
  • Jo Brand
  • Alan Davies
  • Morwenna Banks
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Isy Suttie
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    Dark comedy set in a children's services department

    WhatLarks! for Channel 4
     
    WriterCaitlin Moran & Caroline Moran
    Starring
  • Philip Jackson
  • Rebekah Staton
  • Helen Monks
  • Alexa Davies
  • Molly Risker
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    Second series of the comedy about two teenage girls growing up in Wolverhampton

    Big Talk for Channel 4
     
    WriterCaitlin Moran & Caroline Moran
    Starring
  • Philip Jackson
  • Rebekah Staton
  • Helen Monks
  • Alexa Davies
  • Molly Risker
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    Full series of the comedy following two teenage girls growing up on a Wolverhampton council estate

    Big Talk for Channel 4
     
    Nurse
    4 x 30'
    ProducerTilusha Ghelani
    WriterPaul Whitehouse
    Starring
  • Esther Coles
  • Paul Whitehouse
  • Rosie Cavaliero
  • Simon Day
  • Cecilia Noble
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    Comedy about a community psychiatric nurse

    BBC Productions for BBC 2
     
    Laid
    1 x 30'
    WriterJonathan Harvey
    Starring
  • Jessica Ransom
  • Ben Bailey Smith
  • Jessica Knappett
  • John Dagleish
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    Drama pilot about a woman whose ex-boyfriends start to die in mysterious circumstances

    STV for ITV2
    In development
     
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Jo Joyner
  • Charles Edwards
  • Alun Cochrane
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    Comedy series about a couple giving their relationship a second chance
    Avalon for Sky Living
     
    Moone Boy: Series 2
    Winner IFTA: Director TV Drama
    6 x 30'
    WriterChris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy
    Starring
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • David Rawle
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    Second series of the Emmy Award winning show

    Baby Cow for Sky1
     
    ProducerRhian Griffiths
    WriterCaitlin Moran
    Starring
  • Alexa Davies
  • Philip Jackson
  • Helen Monks
  • Molly Risker
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    Channel 4 pilot written and created by Caitlin Moran
    Big Talk Productions for Channel 4
     
    WriterDylan Moran
    Starring
  • Dylan Moran
  • Daniela Nardini
  • Amber O'Grady
  • Keith Ramsay
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    Part of Sky's Little Cracker Season
    Pirate Productions for Sky 1
     
    Starring
  • Emun Elliott
  • Adam Garcia
  • Amy Huberman
  • Stephen Wight
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    Second series of the comedy following an unconventional family set up
    Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central
     
    ProducerEve Gutierrez
    WriterHoward Overman
    Starring
  • Miranda Raison
  • Toby Stephens
  • Christopher Fulford
  • Eleanor Matsuura
  • Richard Lumsden
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    Second series of the drama comedy about a pair of detectives
    Eleventh Hour Films for BBC2
     
    ProducerJohn Rushton
    WriterTom MacRae
    Starring
  • Amy Huberman
  • Stephen Wight
  • Emun Elliott
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    Comedy series about a group of three friends who decide to raise a child together after an unplanned threesome

    Big Talk for Comedy Central
     
    WriterPaul Tylack
    Starring
  • Keith Duffy
  • Christopher Simpson
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    Comedy series for BBC/RTE
    BBC Northern Ireland for BBC/ RTE
     
    WriterOrla Bleahen-Melvin and Lilie Ferrari
    Starring
  • Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Dominic Mafham
  • Gemma Craven
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    RTE's hit medical drama series
    Parallel for RTE
     
    WriterJohn Moloney
    Starring
  • Liam Cunningham
  • Kerry Katona
  •  
    Drama series set in the 1960s about aspiring showband stars
    Bord Scannan na hEireann for RTE
     

    Writer & Director

    Paths to Freedom
    IFTA Best Television Drama, 2003
    6 x 30'
    ProducerEoin Holmes
    Starring
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Michael McElhatton
  • Deirdre O'Kane
  • Pat Leavy
  • Peter McDonald
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    Popular comedy series
    RTE
     
    ProducerPaul Donovan and Michael Garland
    Starring
  • Michael McElhatton
  • Julia Ford
  • Peter McDonald
  • Deirdre O'Kane
  • Anna Healy
  •  
    Six part comedy series following the adventures of Fergus who is engaged to be married to his English girlfriend Penny
    Grand Pictures for RTE
     

    Writer

     
    Original film for RTE
    RTE
    In development
     

    Executive Producer

    Film

    Director

    Breakfast Wine
    Won: Special Mention of the Grand Prix Irish Jury
    Short
    ProducerMichael Garland
    WriterKevin Barry
    Starring
  • Ruth Bradley
  • Dylan Moran
  • David Pearse
  • Patt Shortt
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    Short film about a bar in a small Irish town

    Grand Pictures
     
    ProducerMichael Garland
    WriterAnthony McCarten
    Starring
  • Andy Serkis
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  • Michael McElhatton
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Ronan Raftery
  •  
    Fantasy drama
    NFP Distribution
    Bavaria Pictures
     
    WriterMark O'Rowe
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Brendan Gleeson
  •  
    Original feature film about three gangsters on the run from the mafia warlord
    Film Four
    Number 9 Films/ Parallel Films
     
    ProducerLawrence Bowen
     
    An original feature film
    UKFC
    Feelgood Fiction
    In Development
     
    A Film With Me In It
    Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Istanbul International Film Festival 2009
    Feature
    ProducerAlan Moloney and Susan Mullen
    WriterMark Doherty
    Starring
  • Dylan Moran
  • Keith Allen
  • Mark Doherty
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    Black comedy
    IFC Films
    Parallel Films
     

    Writer & Director

    ProducerPaul Donovan and Michael Garland
    Starring
  • David Westhead
  • Lloyd Owen
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    Short film based on Stephen Tredre's memoirs
    Grand Pictures
     
    ProducerMichael Garland
    Starring
  • Michael McElhatton
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Louis Walsh
  • Samantha Mumba
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    Feature film sequel to Paths to Freedom
    Buena Vista
    Grand Pictures