Leeds singer's big break - in film

A singer who spent years trying to make it in the music business has finally got his big break ... after becoming a film director.

Stephen Fox was the frontman for Leeds four-piece Plasticine who got together in 1997.

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But the 40-year-old, from Morley, who has been a musician since he was a teenager, eventually left the band disillusioned with the industry.

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Four years ago he changed direction and began making a film, The Last

Days of Edgar Harding.

Loosely based on his own musical experiences, it follows the fortunes of lead singer Jack – played by Richard Massara – over three days as his band signs to a major record label only to be embroiled in a murder.

The film, made by Digital Ghost Productions, gets its premiere on Monday at the Pictureville Cinema in Bradford's National Media Museum.

Stephen said: "It starts with the band signing a record deal but by the third day it's all gone horribly wrong and their manager Edgar Harding is dead. It's a black comedy, with a bit more blackness than comedy.

"As I wrote it obviously it's got influences from my time in the band but, just to be clear, I didn't murder anyone!"

Bramley actress and BBC1 Fame Academy finalist Carolynne Good plays backing singer and keyboard player Frankie with David Sharman as Harry the bass guitarist and Michael Gamarano the group's drummer Taylor.

Wayne Russell plays their manager Edgar Harding who meets a grisly end.

And there is also a cameo appearance by ex-Bucks Fizz singer and 80s' siren Jay Aston.

It was this which led to Stephen's re-entry into the music business.

He said: "The funniest thing is I quit the band to write this film.

"But I became quite good friends with Jay during filming. She went on tour with two other original members of Bucks Fizz, Mike Nolan and Cheryl Baker.

"She asked me and Plasticine to support them playing 80s' covers.

"That was October and November last year so the irony was I ended up back in the music industry via the film."

Stephen is now looking forward to the premiere of his film, but also possibly some more gigs alongside Jay.

Stephen said: "If nothing happens with the film, which of course I hope it does, my back-up is the music.

"I did it for 20 years without a major break-through then I do a film and get my big chance.

"It has been a massive struggle to make ends meet during filming so it was nice something like this happened."

For more details about the film and to apply for tickets for the premiere visit: www.edgarhardingmovie.com

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