Black Diamond story shines on silver screen

Cast and crew from 'The Legend of Black Diamond' at Leven's Kino cinema. From left, Graeme Campbell, Laura Binnie, Bob McCrystal and Farooqi Muskwati (Walter Neilson FPA)
Cast and crew from 'The Legend of Black Diamond' at Leven's Kino cinema. From left, Graeme Campbell, Laura Binnie, Bob McCrystal and Farooqi Muskwati (Walter Neilson FPA)
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A feature film shot largely in Levenmouth and showcasing the quality of community movie making is set to receive its premiere in Leven.

Five years in production, ‘The Legend Of Black Diamond’, a dark satire on the global banking crisis, with references to spaghetti westerns and revenge tales, is being shown at the town’s Kino Cinema on Thursday, May 14.

Bob McCrystal, along with writer-director Graeme Campbell, co-star Farooqi Muskwati, and film editor and co-star Laura Binnie. Photo by Walter Neilson

Bob McCrystal, along with writer-director Graeme Campbell, co-star Farooqi Muskwati, and film editor and co-star Laura Binnie. Photo by Walter Neilson

A number of Levenmouth performers feature in the cast and the 90-minute picture was shot by Channel Fife TV/Glass Bullet Productions at numerous Fife locations, including the caves at East Wemyss and the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society yard in Leven.

Beach areas in Elie, a silo in Cupar, a disused quarry near Kinglassie and the mining musem at Dalkeith provided the other filming locations.

After a spell of researching and scriptwriting, filming began in late 2010 but was halted the following summer by a leg injury to writer-director Graeme Campbell, and shelved further in anticipation of severe winter weather.

It was finished in the summer of 2012 but a careful post-production process has seen extensive special effects and grading carried out by editor and co-star Laura Binnie, plus sound design work by Spaniard Daniel Zamorano.

The music score was created through composition software and reflects the film’s individual atmosphere.

Graeme described it as “a futuristic western”, with some ideas lifted from spaghetti westerns and references to the financial crisis and economic strife felt around the world in the last few years, as well as the history of Fife.

“We hope when people come to see it, they will enjoy it,” added Graeme.

“There are some hidden messages but it’s a great adventure yarn as well.”

Graeme has high hopes for the film – as well as being available in due course on DVD, he hopes to screen it in Glasgow and London, enter a number of international film festivals – including Sundance – and take up an invitation to travel to Cardiff to screen the movie to film industry people behind ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Merlin’.

Graeme and his colleagues were delighted that the Kino would be supporting the film by hosting its premiere, honouring a previous arrangement with the former Regent community picture house.

Kino owner Graeme Reekie said he was glad to do so as “it’s for local people”.

Graeme Campbell added: “The film has some important things to say about the times we live in, from very much a science fiction fantasy perspective. But, above all, it is a ripping yarn, full of adventure, thrills and an absorbing plot.”

To watch a trailer, go to http://www.glassbulletpictures.co.uk