Cardenden actor’s lead role in new independent movie

Cardenden student Iain Leslie is pictured interviewing Anas Sarwar while presenting a film for the Fife Schools Referendum Debate.

Cardenden student Iain Leslie is pictured interviewing Anas Sarwar while presenting a film for the Fife Schools Referendum Debate.

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A Cardenden student has landed himself a lead role in an independent film which starts filming this month.

Iain Leslie is currently studying for an HNC in acting and performance at Fife College and has always had a passion.

Having previously had jobs including a window cleaner, bingo caller, sales assistant and, most recently, a holiday rep, it was after returning to Kirkcaldy that he decided to follow his childhood dreams and make a career in acting.

And taking on the lead role in ‘The Last Love Letter’ by Haggis Western Films will help him on his way.

Prior to this latest film part, the 32-year-old had already taken up an opportunity to be an extra in ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’.

Iain told the Press: “It was a massive shock to the system coming back to education after being out of it for so many years.

“The lecturers are a great support and with their help, along with that of my family and friends, I am able to really push myself to go above and beyond.

“I once heard a quote, ‘Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit, when there are footprints on the moon’, which always drives me on, but my main inspiration to succeed is my son Cieran.

“No matter what I do in life he is happy, but he once said to me that I should always reach for the stars and that, no matter what happens, he will always be my biggest fan.

“Going into acting has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and one I will never regret.”

Filming on ‘The Last Love Letter’, which is written and directed by Simon Jake Gillespie, is due to start next week.

The film will be the first part of ‘The Love Letter’ trilogy being filmed by the Falkirk-based production company, which has previously made films including ‘Setting Rainbow’ and ‘The Cowboy Court’.

Iain explained: “A friend, Shaun Pearson, told me of the audition so I went along. It was surreal, as it was my first proper audition, so I knew I really had to sell myself.

“I was given the role of Frank, who is the father of the main character.

“I was absolutely honoured to get the role.

‘‘It’s a massive stepping stone to help me push myself for bigger roles.

“The company, Haggis Western Films, is amazing to work with.”

Iain is not the only Fife student in the film – Hana Mackenzie will also appear.

Tina West, from the college’s acting and performance department, said: “We are really excited to hear about Iain’s experiences and confident he is destined for a great acting career in the future.”

Iain is also busy working on his own projects, including his show reel and a new web series with Wolfstar Pictures, based in Edinburgh.