by Ralph Mellon
Visited my local cinema last Thursday for a film presentation with a difference. The occasion was the premiere of a low-budget revenge drama/spaghetti western/sci-fi fantasy adventure movie, shot in Fife and called ‘The Legend of Black Diamond’. But I wasn’t there as a popcorn-guzzling punter – I had a VIP ticket, as I was in it! I had a few split-second moments as an extra in the final battle, playing an ill-fated rebel soldier. The sequence was filmed in Leven and we were doing a feature on it for the newspaper – it turned out they were a little short of performers on the day, so writer-director Graeme Campbell kindly invited me to step in front of the camera for a brief turn. And I was so convincing at playing a corpse that I got killed twice. A lot of patience and hard work by the producers went into the filming and post-production stages, so I hope it garners the interest it deserves.
Ace in the pack: Having skilfully manipulated the lawnmower to get the grass shorn on Sunday between petulant rain showers, I learned a new card game later in the day when my former sister-in-law and her partner came to visit. I can’t repeat the game’s title here but it was good fun and I did not lose at any of the hands we played. The description of the rules, however, reminded me of ‘The League Of Gentlemen’ and the card game called Go Johnny Go Go Go Go. Do you remember?
The In Crowd: This hasn’t happened yet, but is worth documenting. On Sunday, I am going to see Bryan Ferry in Edinburgh. I’ve been obsessed with him and Roxy Music for 40-odd years and last saw them on the ‘Avalon’ promo tour in 1982. I’m sure I’ll have A Really Good Time.