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Fife firm has a hand in Disney blockbuster

SCOTTISH vintage goods retailer Scaramanga is celebrating its role in the latest Disney blockbuster, Maleficent, after finding many of the items it supplied for use in the film made the cut.

The Fife company has today revealed the part it played in the film, which stars Angelina Jolie as good-fairy-turned-bad Maleficent and was released in UK cinemas last week.

Scaramanga has disclosed that it provided more than 100 medieval-looking pieces for use as "action props" in the filming of Maleficent in Buckinghamshire in 2012, including decorated vintage trunks and chests, brass boxes, coloured tikka pots, painted bowls, brass chapati tins, vintage fabric and printed bedspreads.

After seeing some of these items used in scenes involving Maleficent, and Princess Aurora and her evil father, King Stefan, Scaramanga has highlighted its hope of seeing the latest chapter in its own "fairy tale story" continue with a boost in demand for its vintage stock on the back of the movie role.

Scaramanga owner Carl Morenikeji said: "Seeing our chests and boxes used in Maleficent was another dream come true for me."

He added: "Our story - of ­helping people rediscover the traditionally handmade leather satchel after discovering craftsmen still making them - is a fairy tale in itself and we're looking forward to making more customers' dreams come true by supplying them with vintage items like those we supplied to the movie, as the originals have already been sold by Disney."

Scaramanga, which sells online and has stores in Edinburgh and St Andrews as well as at its Cupar head office, said that last weekend had almost been a "double feature" for it because it had also supplied one of its handmade leather messenger bags for science-fiction movie Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and released on May 30.

The firm added that, although the bag had been bought for Mr Cruise to use on-screen, it had sadly ended up on the cutting-room floor, noting a large one had been ordered and that it may have been too big.

Among other big-screen work, it said it had supplied antique brass padlocks for Bilbo Baggins's house in The Hobbit and trunks for the Liverpool Docks scenes in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.

Scaramanga, flagging its part in supplying props for television shows including Hollyoaks, Holby City and 60 Minute Makeover, added that future big-screen productions scheduled to include its items included the Joe Wright movie Pan.

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