Leven hosting Black Diamond film premiere

Cast & crew from 'The Legend of Black Diamond' during a day's filming at the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation yard in Leven. Pic: FPA
Cast & crew from 'The Legend of Black Diamond' during a day's filming at the Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation yard in Leven. Pic: FPA
  • Silver screen premiere
  • Levenmouth locations
  • Fantasy and revenge tale

The red carpet will be unfurled next week as Leven prepares to host its second premiere of a locally-produced film in five years.

Adventure yarn ‘The Legend of Black Diamond’ is receiving a special screening at the Kino Cinema on Thursday, May 14.

Around 80 invited guests, consisting largely of people who helped make the movie, will be in attendance, while filmmakers from Glass Bullet Productions /Channel Fife will be walking the red carpet.

The event will be open to the public too and, after the presentation, a question and answer session is proposed, allowing people, if they wish, to ask cast and crew members about the film and their future projects.

The 90-minute feature was written and directed by Graeme Campbell and is a dark satire echoing the global banking crisis and Fife’s own history – but with solid dollops of revenge fantasy, sci-fi and spaghetti western influences.

The picture was shot over two or three years in various locations – including Leven, East Wemyss, Elie, Kinglassie, Cupar and Dalkeith – and completed in 2012.

The cast and crew on board the KFRPS train at Leven

The cast and crew on board the KFRPS train at Leven

However, a meticulous post-production process has seen extensive special effects and grading carried out by film editor and co-star Laura Binnie, plus sound design work by Daniel Zamorano, while its music score was created through composition software.

In 2010, the former Regent cinema premiered another Levenmouth-made Channel Fife film, ‘East Fife Crusoe’, and Graeme said probably few towns could match what Leven had to offer in terms of two locally-made movies being presented within five years.

Kino boss Graeme Reekie was also keeping a previous bargain to show the film.

“Graeme has been very generous in taking his Hollywood movie off for the night and allowing ‘Black Diamond’ to play,” said Graeme Campbell.

It is a ripping yarn, full of adventure, thrills and an absorbing plot

Graeme Campbell

Futuristic western with shades of economic strife and history of Fife

The plot of ‘The Legend of Black Diamond’ sees the title character, played by Jemma Grace Carroll, team up with a motley and mysterious gang of accomplices for a revenge mission. She owns and works her own coal mine – however, bankers in the infamous City of Finance, or ‘The Citadel,‘ want back – with interest – money borrowed by her late father. They resort to brutal methods – but Black Diamond is a resourceful lady... Local people appearing in the film include Farooqi Muskwati (of ‘East Fife Crusoe’ fame), Jeff Fallow, Audrey Egan and stunt co-ordinator Bob McCrystal, while the Mail’s Ralph Mellon was an extra. Writer and director Graeme Campbell said: “It is a ripping yarn, full of adventure, thrills and an absorbing plot.” Trailer at www.glassbulletpictures.co.uk