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Cafe owner pledges support to the Fizzogs' Hollywood bid

A café owner has become a major sponsor for comedy group Fizzogs' bid to become Hollywood stars.

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The Fizzogs with Paula Goodyear from the Dudley Fountain Arcade Café

Paula Goodyear from the Dudley Fountain Arcade Café has added her support to the fundraising attempt by the Black Country troop’s Dancing Grannies to develop a feature film script with award winning writer-director Ben Field.

They are raising money by a crowdfunding page to make a teaser tape to present to producers and investors. So far they have generated more than £600 towards their £2,000 target.

If this catches the attention of the right Hollywood bigwigs then the group are optimistic a movie could be on the cards.

Paula has thrown her support behind the project after they filmed some scenes at her café.

“I am sponsoring them because they are so down to earth and keeping it real Black Country,” said Paula. “For them it’s Black Country all the way to Hollywood.”

During December and January the project received attention from a number of high profile film distributors and producers.

Fizzog Susan Hawkins said: “We are relying on a lot of goodwill from our friends to come and work on the teaser for no financial gain and we don't intend to take any money from the pot for ourselves.

“The money we raise will go towards hiring film equipment, some mobility scooters and maybe a large explosion.

“If anyone is able to donate anything towards our goal we would be hugely grateful.”

In September, the Dancing Grannies swapped the Black Country for the bright lights of New York. The group quickly took to the streets to team up with a barely-clothed busker. The Naked Cowboy, who performs wearing just a pair of briefs and with his guitar, was keen to join the grannies when he heard they were travelling to the Big Apple.

The trip came after one of their videos went viral and they were contacted by hundreds of new fans from America asking when they would be performing live in the States.

Donations for the project can be made via