Time for a little bit of movie magic in Kirkcaldy


Film festival celebrates Kingdom’s contribution to the big screen

The irony of staging a film festival in a town without a cinema won’t be lost on many locals ... but it is entirely appropriate that Kirkcaldy SHOULD be the place of choice.

For generations, the Lang Toun was awash with cinemas from the Rio to the Rialto, from the ABC to the Port Brae Picture House.

Kirkcaldy actually had more cinemas per head of population than anywhere else in Scotland - and, thanks to the Adam Smith Theatre, it remains a town which enjoys a night at the movies!

The second annual Kirkcaldy Film Festival taps into that great tradition with a wonderful programme of movies past and present - the very sort of films you won’t see in a multiplex like the Odeon at Halbeath.

The programme celebrates Fife’s contribution to the silver screen, commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War One, and includes shows for kids as well as post-screening discussions.

And all packed into three days from September 19 to 21.

This week the wraps came off the programme put together by Alan Morrison, artistic director who presented ‘‘a box of delights ready to unwrap.’’

The festival is a celebration of the art of cinema, and promises to screen movies about life at home and abroad.

They feature big names from Kirk Douglas to Colin Firth, from David Tennant to Woody Allen, and they offer something very different from the mainstream.

The festival is supported by Fife Cultural Trust and the Fife Free Press.

With tickets now on sale for all screenings, the Press brings you this guide to what’s on.

Now let’s dim the lights and enjoy a night of movie magic as the town becomes - in the words of Richard Jobson - ‘‘the Cannes of the north.’’

For a few days at least ...

Fife in focus

The Winter Guest

Alan Rickman brought his film crew to north-east Fife to film some wonderful scenes in this 1997 film. Based on a script by Scottish playwright, Sharman Macdonald, it used locations in Pittenweem and Elie ... and even the Fife Free Press makes a cameo appearance!

Starring Emma Thomson and her mum, Phyllida Law, it follows four sets of characters on the same wintry day in Scotland.

‘The Winter Guest’ also featured Sean Biggerstaff who went on to play Oliver Wood in the phenomenal Harry Potter series - and festival organisers hope he will be at the screening to talk about his memories of filming in the Kingdom.

Paul Wright Retrospective

The festival celebrates the work of the Lower Largo film-maker.

It includes a retrospective of his short films which won many awards, including a BAFTA, plus the first screening in Fife of his acclaimed gilm ‘For Those In Peril.’

It tells the story of the sole survivor of a fishing boat accident who slides into madness as he is shunned by his fellow villagers.


‘Magic In The Moonlight’

Woody Allen fans will be delighted to see his 2014 film which stars Colin Firth as a stage magician roped in to expose a fake spirit medium, played by Emma Stone.

‘What We Did On Our Holiday’

Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the team behind the hit sitcom ‘Outnumbered’, make their big screen debut with David Tennant in the starring role along with Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike.

The film tells the story of a famile who head north to celebrate their grandfather’s birthday.



A red carpet 50th anniversary screening for the Bond movie which is still hailed as one of the very, very best. It stars Sean Connery and introduced the world to henchman, Odd Job.


‘La Grande Illusion’

From 1937 it’s hailed as one of the greatest anti-war movies ever.

It will be followed by a discussion on this and other war movies.


Johnny Lee Millar and Jonathon Pryce in a film which celebrates the rise of the famous poets from World War One.

‘Paths Of Glory’

A special schools’ screening open to the general public and a chance to see Kirk Douglas in this outstanding Stanley Kubrick film from 1957.

It also includes a discussion on the work of the director.


‘A Little Princess’

A young girl is forced to work as a servant in order to stay on at school after the death of her father.

Gallery workshops

The film is followed by a chance to make your own illustrated storybooks.