Falkirk production company begins shooting its fourth feature film

Cast, crew and extras film one of the main scenes in the La Banca restaurant in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen
Cast, crew and extras film one of the main scenes in the La Banca restaurant in Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen

A Falkirk film company is in the final stages of production for its latest movie which is set to hit the big screen at Cineworld later this year.

Haggis Western Films is filming scenes for ‘The Last Love Letter’ in various locations in the district.

It’s the first part of a trilogy and stars a cast of local actors with singer Dionne Hickey performing the title track.

Writer and director Simon Jake (41), from Brightons, plays the lead role of Steve Brody who hides a dark childhood secret which threatens to unravel his life as he loses his grip on his family and careers on a downward spiral of violence.

Simon said: “It’s our fourth feature length film and it is one we are very excited about releasing.

“I wrote it about five years ago, along with three songs for the film, but felt that we weren’t ready to do it then because it’s much more adventurous than stuff we have done in the past.”

He added: “We have a great cast and crew who have done a fantastic job. We do all this in our spare time so it takes a while to get it made, but we should finish this month and hopefully release it in November or December at a premiere in Falkirk Cineworld.”

Some of the scenes were shot in the La Banca restaurant in Vicar Street last week.

In charge of the film’s sound is Barry Frame (30), from Denny, who will use the movie as part of his dissertation for the Masters degree he is currently studying. He also plays Steve’s brother Michael.

He said: “I’ve known Simon since we were about 17 and I think our work complements each other’s. We’d like to thank La Banca for allowing us to film in the restaurant. It’s great to see local businesses get on board with what we are doing.”