An East Neuk burgh has been the focus of the cameras once again, offering a chance to reach another international audience.
With its ‘zigzag pier’ attracting photographers for far and near, and the village’s Auld Kirk providing the backdrop for some key scenes in the Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman film, ‘The Railway Man’, St Monans is now the star of a rock video.
Scottish band ‘Twin Atlantic’, whose acclaimed third album ‘Great Divide’ was released in August last year, chose St Monans as the backdrop for their new single ‘Oceans’.
The video was directed by Ian Greenhill and Jordan Laird, formerly of The Leith Agency who founded their own creative business, Something Something,
The second part of the video was shot at Pinewood Studios near London, with the underwater sequence filmed by the same cameraman who shot James Bond ‘Skyfall’.
Filming in St Monans was a fairly low-key affair with a bright yellow Chevrolet pick-up as much of a star in the video as the village.
The harbour and piers, along with the foot of Station Road, all feature in a storyline, built around a moving song about loss, culminating in a variety of memorabilia being cast overboard - the ‘Arianna’ from Crail was used for the on-board scenes.
‘Oceans’ is the fourth single to be lifted from Twin Atlantic’s ‘Great Divide’ and was recorded at Rockfield in Wales. The track is, reputedly, the band’s favourite on the album.