Neil Fingleton was a Durham man whose ambitions and dreams were big. He lived in Gilesgate, then at the age of 16 moved to America to be educated and pursue a career in basketball. He spent the next decade playing high school, college, ABA and professional basketball.
Neil then found an agent which introduced him to the world of acting. He had ‘one to one’ training from the actor, Warwick Davis and this launched his second career choice. Neil went on to star in numerous films and TV programmes. However, the role that most people remember Neil for is the character, ‘Mag The Mighty’ in the TV hit, Game of Thrones.
From basketball star to world record actor, Big Smooth is a documentary telling the story of Neil Fingleton. The story of a politely spoken and gracious man who just happened to be a bit taller than most of us. We want everyone who watches this film to play to their strengths and question their own dreams. Neil's life story inspires us all to strive to reach our own potential.
The documentary will be not-for-profit and with the full support of Neil Fingleton's family, we will speak to family, friends and colleagues. The project will be interlaced with photographs and videos that have been taken throughout the years.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this project has unfortunately been affected. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership have seen the potential in this project and kindly agreed to match whatever we are able to raise. You may have noticed our target has been changed recently, this is due to a misunderstanding on how the funding worked. If we manage to raise £5k, the North East LEP will kindly match it on our page. This is a huge opportunity for us! The money will go towards costs such as equipment hire, travel, post production, marketing and licensing footage. A quick word on licensing. There are various boundaries and options associated, which can make the fees very expensive.
I'd like to now personally thank each and every person who has already agreed to be part of this project. Whether you gave up your time to help, to be interviewed or gave us your media such as photography, music and footage. I really appreciate you agreeing to be part of this special project and I'll never forget it.
Thanks for your time and consideration. Please support 'Big Smooth' and help us make this amazing North East life story hit the big screen.