Film for Fife rail link

Leven Railway Station
1958
Leven Railway Station 1958

The Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) is turning to local film makers to help promote the value of the restoration of a rail link to the local area.

The CLEAR Buckhaven Film Group have set up a morning of filming at the Bawbee Bridge in Leven – or more specifically, under the bridge near to where the proposed Leven Station is likely to be built, should the campaign succeed in creating a renewed rail link.

Set up in the last year, the film group has now gathered some good film equipment and created a small but diverse team of film making talent.

The group will be using green screen to help create a virtual station, painting over offensive and racist graffiti with special chromakey paint to create the backdrop for the film shoot.

Bruce Henderson, who leads the film making group for CLEAR, said “We have now got a good team and are looking forward to filming.

“We are expecting between 20 and 40 people to come along and help create a good crowd and share why they feel strongly that a train coming to Levenmouth would make a difference.”

Anyone interested in helping should head for the Bawbee Bridge near Methilhaven Road for 9.45 am on Thursday (March 16) morning.

Light refreshments will be provided and people are reminded to wear sensible shoes because of the stony ground and to avoid wearing green because of the green screen.

Allen Armstrong, of CLEAR Buckhaven and LMRC, added “The campaign has been very positive so far and opened up a number of fronts in promoting the value of a station here.

“This is another positive development and we hope that people will have great fun making a film that will add to the scope of the campaign.”

Buckhaven is in the highest 10 per cent of areas suffering multiple deprivation and includes Fife’s most derived area, whilst Levenmouth also includes a large number of the most deprived areas in the region.

It is still the largest urban area in Scotland not served by a rail link and studies have shown that by reinstating the five-mile-long Thornton to Leven rail line, job opportunities would increase by 500 per cent.

The original line was closed in the 1960s.

The CLEAR Buckhaven Film Group runs alongside the Community Cinema that has been running since October 2016 and will be showing Angel’s Share and V for Visa on the March 20.