THE Forth was bathed in sunshine when high-profile Hollywood stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman appeared in the East Neuk at the weekend.
The Academy Award winners were in St Monans last Saturday to film sequences for ‘The Railway Man,’ based on the best-selling novel by Eric Lomax.
It was the busiest that many residents had ever seen the village, as the production company rolled in to shoot sequences at the harbour and the historic kirk.
Streets were packed with parked vehicles as people turned out in huge numbers to catch a glimpse of the two stars.
Large crowds lined the approach to the kirk, where the main car park was filled with movie-makers’ trucks, trailers and other vehicles.
Onlookers said there was a genuinely excited and warm buzz around the village, enhanced by the weather.
A 12-hour-plus working day for the crew began with shots at the harbour, then sequences at the church on either side of lunchtime.
The film-makers had also arranged to park vehicles at nearby Ardross Farm by Elie – which hosted 17 articulated lorries and 40 cars.
Despite this huge carnival of traffic, farm shop manager Nikki Pollock said the whole process was organised very professionally, while costume designers and other crew members frequented the shop.
Back in St Monans, the Spar Shop – which provides a wedding floral service through Flower By Janet – came to the rescue when the buttonholes, needed for the wedding of Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman’s characters, went missing with only half an hour to spare.
Spar’s Janet Williamson, church session clerk Nora Gardner and the movie’s props buyer swiftly made up 17 white carnations with ferns and tinfoil stem wraps, to save the day.