On location in the Lang Toun

Lights, camera, action ' the film crew with George Proudfoot (left)
Lights, camera, action ' the film crew with George Proudfoot (left)

Kirkcaldy and its environs is fast becoming a favourite location for international film production companies.

At the same time as the Outlander series was drawing huge interest along in Dysart, another film crew was recreating the life and times of Kirkcaldy economist Adam Smith at and around Kirkcaldy High Street where Smith lived.

Resolution Productions, based in New York City, has been in the UK for the past fortnight, filming a two hour documentary, a commission from PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) of the United States.

It has also filmed in a number of other locations in Scotland, most notably in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and also down at Hadrian’s Wall.

The main location used in Kirkcaldy was in the High Street, in and around where the house in which Adam Smith stayed with his mother for several periods in his life, including the time when he was writing ‘The Wealth of Nations,’ his most famous book.

Filming also took place in the Old Kirk graveyard, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Adam Smith Theatre, the Merchant’s House and the Path Tavern, which has existed since 1750 when Smith lived in the town, and on Kirkcaldy beach looking over to Edinburgh.

Local historian and director of the Adam Smith Global Foundation, George Proudfoot, accompanied them on some shoots and gave advice on the context of Adam Smith’s 18th century Kirkcaldy.

Barbara Potter, producer, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkcaldy. It offered us excellent locations for film shoots relevant to the life and times of Adam Smith, giving us a perspective on his life which we otherwise would not have been able to portray.”

The documentary will be edited before going to PBS later this year. It will be available for distribution from early 2016, with at least one British broadcasting company already declaring an interest.

Path Tavern’s starring role

George Mackay, Kirkcaldy publican and owner of the Path Tavern, said he was delighted when his pub was chosen as one of the locations for the documentary – with he himself making an appearance.

“The crew were great and it was really interesting to find out more about Adam Smith. I hadn’t realised that he had regularly come into my pub for a drink, and I was filmed pouring whisky, which he would have drank, behind the bar.”