About Billy …

Maverick for the people

Maverick for the people

Bill Maloney was a proud cockney speaking Irishman.

His parents came over to England in the early 50’s. Billy was born in Lambeth hospital, London in 1956, he lived in Paddington, Brixton, Peckham and Lewisham, all hard inner-city areas where a neglected kid needs to use a sharp wit and intuition to protect himself and survive. By the time he was 20 he had spent 11 years in different institutions, brought about by the brutality of his Mother and Father’s alcoholism, which had decimated his whole family. Billy’s four brothers and two sisters suffered the same fate as himself. Their parents were violent to the extreme towards their children, especially Peter the elder who was to become a heroin addict and eventually take his own life at the age of 17.

Billy’s experiences attributed massively towards the compassion and skills that this maverick writer/director/actor would need to make the realistic social dramas and documentaries that are his signature within the film industry.

Billy’s turning point came 19 years ago at the age of 34 on a bitter January day in the early hours of the morning when an alcohol-fed undiagnosed ulcer erupted almost bleeding him to death. He said “It was at that moment as I lay on the kitchen floor holding my young daughter’s hand, knowing that my life was pouring from my arse that I made a deal with my soul!” After his turning point he then sharply focused all his energies into developing his creative talents.

Billy was shocked as friends and professionals from within the industry who viewed his short films told him: “These are great Bill! You’re producing amazing results, you should work on features”. After careful thought he took the decision, along with his family, to form Pie ‘n’ Mash Films Ltd.

Billy was with his wife of 32 years and worked closely with their 32 year old daughter Regan. Billy and his talented technical crew, who included Lilly Starr, his ‘right hand woman’ developed a style that really does put the audience into the film. His highly energised banter and choreography gave his film sets a definite new dimension. Billy believed that his abstinence from alcohol, or, as he called it “the liquid devil” gave him the discipline and passion to make black comedic social dramas and gritty cutting edge documentaries to keep the audience on the edge of their lives, never mind their seats.


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