Ian Fitzgibbon

Director and writer for film and television

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Biography

Ian FitzGibbon 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. Ian has a long and extensive acting career principally on English television where his credits range from Prime Suspect to Father Ted.

FitzGibbon began to direct 12 years ago. Between Dreams, one of his first short films was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. He then went on to write and direct Paths To Freedom, a multi award- winning television series for RTE. 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, his third feature, starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brody-Sangster had its world premiere at The Toronto Film Fest and has been acquired by Tribeca Films for distribution in America. It was awarded the audience prize and the jury prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival. To date it has won over 20 international awards at European film festivals. It was also nominated for best film and best director at the Irish Film And Television Awards.

He has recently completed his second season of Threesome, a comedy series for Big Talk/Comedy Central in London as well as Moone Boy 2 starring Chris O’Dowd. for which he won an IFTA for Best Director in 2014. He also directed The Awkward Age written by and starring Dylan Moran for Sky’s Little Cracker series. As well as Raised by Wolves, a Big Talk pilot for Channel Four co-written by Caitlin and Caroline Moran, he has recently finished Breakfast Wine a short film based on a story by Kevin Barry starring Dylan Moran, Pat Shortt and Ruth Bradley. Ian has recently completed filming on Trying Again, a new comedy starring Chris Addison and is currently transmitting on Sky Living.

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Film
Director
Death of a Superhero Feature
2011
Bavaria Pictures for NFP Distribution
Producer Michael Garland
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Anthony McCarten
Starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Andy Serkis

Fantasy drama

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Perrier's Bounty Feature
2009
Number 9 Films/ Parallel Films for Film Four
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Mark O'Rowe
Starring Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent & Brendan Gleeson

Original feature film about three gangsters on the run from the mafia warlord

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A Film With Me In It Feature
2008
Parallel Films for IFC Films
Producer Alan Moloney and Susan Mullen
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Mark Doherty
Starring Dylan Moran, Keith Allen & Mark Doherty

Black comedy

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Miss Emerald Isle Feature
2000
Feelgood Fiction for UKFC
In Development
Producer Lawrence Bowen
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Enda Walsh

An original feature film

Writer and Director
Spin the Bottle Feature
2003
Grand Pictures for Buena Vista
Producer Michael Garland
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring Michael McElhatton, Peter MacDonald, Louis Walsh & Samantha Mumba

Feature film sequel to Paths to Freedom

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Between Dreams Short
1999
Grand Pictures
Producer Paul Donovan and Michael Garland
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring David Westhead & Lloyd Owen

Short film based on Stephen Tredre's memoirs

Television
Writer
Confirmation Day 2005
RTE
In development
Writer Ian Fitzgibbon

Original film for RTE

Director
Laid 1 x 30'
2014
STV for ITV2
In development
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Jonathan Harvey

 
Trying Again 8 x 30'
2014
Avalon for Sky Living
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison, Jo Joyner, Charles Edwards, Alun Cochrane & Elizabeth Berrington

Comedy series

Raised by Wolves 6 x 30'
2014
Big Talk for Channel 4
In development
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Caitlin Moran & Caroline Moran

Full series of the comedy following two teenage girls growing up on a Wolverhampton council estate

Moone Boy: Series 2 6 x 30'
2014
Baby Cow for Sky1
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Chris O'Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy
Starring Chris O'Dowd & David Rawle

Second series of the Emmy Award winning show

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Raised by Wolves 1 x 60'
2013
Big Talk Productions for Channel 4
Producer Rhian Griffiths
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Caitlin Moran
Starring Alexa Davies, Philip Jackson, Helen Monks, Molly Risker & Rebekah Staton

Channel 4 pilot written and created by Caitlin Moran

Dylan Moran's Little Cracker - The Awkward Age 1 x 10'
2012
Pirate Productions for Sky 1
Producer Annie Griffin
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Dylan Moran
Starring Dylan Moran, Daniela Nardini, Amber O'Grady & Keith Ramsay

Part of Sky's Little Cracker Season

Threesome Series 2 7 x 30'
2012
Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring Emun Elliott, Adam Garcia, Amy Huberman & Stephen Wight

Second series of the comedy following an unconventional family set up

Vexed: Series 2 3 x 60'
2012
Eleventh Hour Films for BBC2
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Steve Coombes
Starring Miranda Raison & Toby Stephens

Second series of the drama comedy about a pair of detectives

Threesome 7 x 30'
2011
Big Talk for Comedy Central
Producer John Rushton
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Tom MacRae
Starring Amy Huberman, Stephen Wight & Emun Elliott

New comedy series

Be More Ethnic 2007
BBC Northern Ireland for BBC/ RTE
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Paul Tylack
Starring Keith Duffy & Christopher Simpson

Comedy series for BBC/RTE

The Clinic: Multiple Episodes 2 x 60'
2007
Parallel for RTE
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Orla Bleahen-Melvin and Lilie Ferrari
Starring Aisling O'Sullivan, Dominic Mafham & Gemma Craven

RTE's hit medical drama series

Showbands: Series 1 and 2 2005
Bord Scannan na hEireann for RTE
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer John Moloney
Starring Liam Cunningham & Kerry Katona

1960's drama series about aspiring showband stars

Writer and Director
Fergus' Wedding 4 x 60'
2002
Grand Pictures for RTE
Producer Paul Donovan and Michael Garland
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring Michael McElhatton

Six part comedy series following the adventures of Fergus who is engaged to be married to his English girlfriend Penny

Paths to Freedom 6 x 30'
2000
RTE
Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Writer Ian Fitzgibbon
Starring Brendan Coyle & Michael McElhatton

Popular comedy series