Kirkcaldy is set to host the first Scottish screening of ‘Ice Guardians’ the acclaimed new documentary on ice hockey’s enforcers - thanks to a push on social media by the sport’s fans
It screens at the Adam Smith Theatre on Wednesday, November 23.
Its only other UK dates so far – in Cardiff and Nottingham – both sold out almost overnight, and hopes are high the Kirkcaldy event could also see the ‘house full’ signs going up given the huge online interest.
Fans from across the country are expected to flock to the theatre to see it on the big screen.
A number of ice hockey die-hards took to Twitter to try to secure a screening in the Kingdom, and that snowballed as OnFife, the Fife Free Press and Fife Flyers teamed up to make it happen.
Now the town is the first in Scotland to announce a date to show the documentary which has caught the imagination of hockey fans in north America and now the UK.
The night will also include a special Q&A on stage, hosted by the Fife Free Press, and featuring Fife Flyers players.
Ice Guardians takes an in-depth look at the role of the enforcer in the NHL at a time when fans, experts, the media and the game itself are split over the thorny issue of fighting.
It speaks to the men, including many legendary NHL enforcers, whose job it is to stand up and fight for their team-mates, and the powerful impact such a role can have on their lives, and their own welfare.
Brett Harvey’s documentary gives them a rare voice at a time when their very existence is under threat as the sport, and society, changes.
The Kirkcaldy screening - the first north of the border - came on the back of online interest among hockey fans in Fife and across Scotland.
Evan Henderson, programme manager with Fife Cultural Trust, which runs the theatre, said: ‘’We’re delighted to bring the film to Kirkcaldy.
‘’There was a lot of interest on social media to make it happen and we’re looking forward to a very special film night at the Adam Smith.’’
Tickets priced at £10 plus booking fee on sale both online and at the box office.
>> To book seats, visit OnFife