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Film-maker is a good egg

PUBLISHED: 17:16 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

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A FILM director helped his life-long friend come off crack cocaine by giving him a starring role in his latest movie. Bill Maloney of Kent-based film company

A FILM director helped his life-long friend come off crack cocaine by giving him a starring role in his latest movie.

Bill Maloney of Kent-based film company Pie 'n' Mash Films helped his old school friend Steve Hodge to get clean by giving him a role in his film The Blunderers.

Based on the true story of their friendship, the comedy centres around recovering alcoholic cockney George, played by Mr Maloney, helping his crack-cocaine addict through cold turkey while staying at a beach hut in the Kent coast.

Producer of Pie 'n' Mash, Mr Maloney's wife Maria, said that Mr Hodge was nursed back to health by spending 18 months shooting the movie in south-east London and Kent.

Mrs Maloney said: "Bill immediately whipped Steve into shape on the Kent coast, by walking him, talking him, making sure he eats good food and showed him how to 'strictly' learn script.

"Steve was allowed cigarettes and a couple of beers in the evening and put his trust in his old friend. They discussed story-lines and funny scenarios then put it all into action."

Mr Hodges has now made a full recovery and has returned home to live with his daughter and grandchildren.

Pie 'n' Mash films is an independent, self-distributing film company based in Bromley, Lewisham and Kent.

This year, the film Lunatic, that was funded by the Maloney family remortgaging their home as reported in the Times, won the Best International Feature Drama at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

The Blunderers was released this month on DVD, go to www.pienmashfilms.com for more information.

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