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Comedy legend appears in Brighton student's film
Comedy legend Steve Coogan sprinkled a dash of stardust on a student’s film.
The I’m Alan Partridge star took a cameo role in 17-year-old Liam Hooper’s project, Darkwood Manor.
The film can be seen at the Duke of York’s Picture House, Preston Circus, Brighton, next month.
Liam, a former pupil at Dorothy Stringer High School in Loder Road, Brighton, based Darkwood Manor on a project used with drama pupils at secondary schools.
He spent three years and £1,000 making the film with fellow students, staff, friends and family.
He ended up with a one hour 20 minute feature film – and chanced his arm on contacting one of his heroes.
The story follows a group of Dorothy Stringer pupils looking after a haunted house for a £50,000 reward.
They need the money to keep the school open, but one by one they start to disappear.
Extra authenticity was added with the use of Stanmer House, Brighton, for the fictional Darkwood Manor, but Liam also wanted an extra touch of star quality.
He said: "I have always been a huge fan of Steve's work so, thinking I had nothing to lose, I decided to try and contact him.
“I was absolutely amazed when he said yes and although it was hard to find a time in his busy schedule to work on the cameo, we managed it.
“His involvement brings a real wow factor to the movie and it has been an incredible opportunity to work with one of my idols."
The premiere of Darkwood Manor takes place at 11.30pm on Saturday, September 10, at the Duke of York's Picture House, Brighton.
Tickets cost £8 or £7 for concessions and are available from the box office on 0871 902 5728.
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