Diamond gleams on silver screen

Cast and crew at the premiere of 'The Legend Of Black Diamond' in the Kino Cinema, Leven (picture by George McLuskie)
Cast and crew at the premiere of 'The Legend Of Black Diamond' in the Kino Cinema, Leven (picture by George McLuskie)

Leven proudly hosted the premiere on Thursday of a new adventure movie shot around the Kingdom of Fife by talented community film-makers.

‘The Legend Of Black Diamond’, a revenge tale blending sci-fi fantasy, spagehtti western and other influences, was made by Glass Bullet Productions/Channel Fife teams at numerous locations including Leven, East Wemyss, Elie, Cupar and Kinglassie.

Directed and written by Graeme Campbell – aka Carsden Quizzler – it was intended as a dark satire on the global banking crisis.

It included several local performers, plus others who helped out behind the scenes in a variety of ways.

It featured a number of stunts choreographed by Leven man Bob McCrystal, who worked as a stuntman in Hollywood and Europe in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

The film was screened at the Kino Cinema in Leven, thanks to boss Graeme Reekie, for VIP guests and the public.

It was followed by a Q&A session chaired by John Murray, of community radio station K107 FM – who described it as ‘A ‘Wicker Man’ for the new century’.

A number of those involved in the production were seeing the finished cut of the film for the first time – a chorus of cheers went up as the opening titles rolled, and everyone who made a contribution to the picture saw their name among the end credits.

Afterwards, Graeme said her was in talks with producers from ‘Torchwood’ and ‘Dr Who’ over a possible TV screening of the movie, while he also hoped to enter it on the festival circuit for cult, horror and sci-fi films.

He said the biggest challenge was to make a convincing action movie, adding: “Only the audience can really decide if we succeeded in that.”

A ‘Wicker Man’ for the new century

John Murray

“We had to kind of home in on elements of action without seeing a great deal – we only had a few extras and a few actors. For the finale, on a bigger budget we would have had more, but we had to use close-ups and fast cuts to make it believable.”

Good music and sound effects helped and, in a number of scenes, it looked as if the film’s budget was vast.

“Low budget films certainly have limitations but one advantage, particularly with a genre movie, is you can be a bit more radical and take more risks than mainstream cinema sometimes can,” said Graeme.

Next, the team is revisiting an earlier effort called ‘The Prey’, reminiscent of the Amicus portmanteau horror tales of the 1960s and ‘70s, in which several characters disappear and reappear in different time zones. Filming has taken place at the Secret Bunker near Anstruther, and Crail Airfield.

The other is a new project, a horror picture called ‘Redoubt Of The Damned’ set in a tower menaced by a malevolent force.