EastEnders actors star in low budget comedy filmed in Southsea

CHARACTERS Glen Maney and Ricky Grover are among actors who appear in The Limelight
CHARACTERS Glen Maney and Ricky Grover are among actors who appear in The Limelight

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IT was filmed mainly in basements and in a small flat in Southsea.

Now two Portsmouth filmmakers are ready to take their low budget movie – which features a cast full of high profile names – to a wider audience.

Actors Ricky Grover, who is best known as Andrew Cotton in EastEnders, and Mark Monero, who played Steve Elliot in the BBC soap opera during the 1990s, are some of the stars that appear in comedy drama The Limelight.

Irish comedian Patrick Monahan, who won ITV’s comedy contest Show Me The Funny last year, also stars in the film, which was shot by Steve Hammal, of Farlington, and Paul Long, of Southsea.

The movie tells the story of a middle-aged comedian, played by the film’s script writer Glen Maney, who attempts to make a name for himself as he deals with personal problems.

Ricky Grover plays the role of the comedian’s manager.

Mr Long, said: ‘Shooting the film was great fun.

‘Everyone was very professional and got on well.

‘Glen already knew Ricky and Patrick quite well because they worked as comedians together.

Scenes for the film were shot in different locations around the Isle of Wight, London and at Paul’s flat in Victoria Road South.

Filming took place in 2005 and the editing process was completed earlier this year.

Mr Long said: ‘Filming in my flat didn’t really pose any problems – but finding sets in London and the Isle of Wight were quite challenging.

‘We didn’t have a lot of money and we often had to find places at the last minute.

‘More often than not we were working in people’s basements.

‘It was tough going but I’m pleased with the end result.’

Mr Long and Mr Hammal first met at a film course at the University of Portsmouth in the 1990s.

Mr Hammal, who then went on to make a series of short films, said: ‘We all managed to put together a decent film.

‘Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to see the film yet but I’m looking forward to watching it.

‘The feedback we have already received from people has been positive.

The movie is available to download or stream at thelimelightmovie.com