Movie mines our rich history

3011046 SSFF happy lands 'Gordon Brown MP surrounded by child actors who are all drawn from the local community - on the set of 'The Happy Lands' on location at the Bowhill Restoration Recycling project, Cardenden

3011046 SSFF happy lands 'Gordon Brown MP surrounded by child actors who are all drawn from the local community - on the set of 'The Happy Lands' on location at the Bowhill Restoration Recycling project, Cardenden

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kIRKCALDY MP Gordon Brown took a step back in time when he visited the set of a film about the miners’ strike, being shot locally.

The Happy Lands, produced by Theatre Workshop Scotland, tracks the lives of three Fife families as they overcome the economic challenges brought about by the 1926 General Strike.

And everything about the film project appears to be Fife, with the film set in the Kingdom, being filmed at locations around the region and involving more than 300 Fifers in the project since its inception last September.

Mr Brown visited the set in Cardenden, where the old Miners Raws have been recreated, on Tuesday afternoon to meet with the cast and those behind the scenes.

He was joined on his visit by Dunfermline FC legend Jim Leishman.

Speaking about the film, Mr Brown said: “This is great news for Fife - it puts what happened here on the map.

Great project

‘‘To have them tell of what happened here and the story of the miners’ strike and the hardships and pressures people were under.

“It’s a great artistic endeavour, but it’s also a great piece of local history which ought to be recounted and remembered.

“I lived through the miners strike in the 80s when people had to use soup kitchens. Just think about the conditions in the 20s and the pressures they faced.”

Mr Brown took the time to reminisce as the filming location is close to where his great grandfather was a farm worker at one time.

He added: “I’m very grateful to those that have made this possible.

“I think this film reflects the strong sense of community, which is always true of mining communities and particularly in Fife where it’s still alive and thriving.

Volunteer helpers

“It is a really interesting story of Fife but one which will also have a resonance across Scotland.

“This is a great way of recreating for modern times Fife’s history and I wish the project every success.”

Although fictional, the story is drawn from a rich collection of family stories contributed by the projects’ participants.

A cast of 150 actors and a group of extras from across the region are all involved in the project, and 26 local community volunteers have helped to make the film sets.