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East 17 star's Norfolk film

PUBLISHED: 07:30 16 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:45 02 July 2010

Ken Dodd with Trevor Fuller

Ken Dodd with Trevor Fuller

A movie starring former East 17 pop star Brian Harvey and veteran comedian Ken Dodd seems an unlikely proposition.

A movie starring former East 17 pop star Brian Harvey and veteran comedian Ken Dodd seems an unlikely proposition.

And the mundane locations chosen for the short, zany film shot around the coastal villages of Hopton and Corton add an even more bizarre twist: a garage alongside the A12, the restaurant of The Hut pub in Corton, even an empty office at Potters Leisure Resort.

The still-to-be-shot grand finale being plotted by film-maker Trevor Fuller will involve plastering the walls of the newly built studio in his rural garden with fake blood for a massacre scene: the characters played by Mr Harvey and Nikki Lee, a glamour model known to late-night satellite television viewers, ending up dead on the floor.

For Mr Fuller, 34, the 10-minute creation which he is targeting at film festivals from humble local events all the way up to Cannes and Edinburgh, embodies the ingenuity and - he admits - “bare-faced cheek” required to break into the world of movies when operating on a shoestring.

He was lucky that he was already a friend of Mr Harvey and had shot the video for his most recent single, Going Backwardz.

In the case of the Scouse comic legend, it was a case of impudently ringing his agent and asking him to appear in a cameo role as a favour - Mr Dodd duly obliging after his weekend appearance at Potters.

For a number of years Mr Fuller, of Dorking Road, Hopton, combined photography, video production and music recording with his “real job” as an advertising representative on the Waveney Advertiser.

However, four years ago he decided to channel all his energies into his company, The Departure Lounge, and film making gradually became the focus of its attention.

Mr Fuller, who has shot the film with another local cameraman, Dale Beaumont-Smith, of Bradwell, wrote the comic script with his friend Kyle Mace, of Worlingham, near Beccles.

The plot revolves around a jealous boyfriend (actor Mark Margason, from Diss) becoming convinced his partner (Nikki Lee) is having an affair with his best friend (Brian Harvey).

He said: “When we were shooting near the Somerfield garage in Hopton at the weekend, it was amazing how many motorists stopped to watch, recognising Brian and asking for his autograph.”

And Sunday lunchtime diners in The Hut, in Corton, had also quickly clocked the man from Essex. Mr Dodd was filmed at Potters.

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