Sarah Cooper's verdict: five stars

Monday night will see the official world premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday, starring David Tennant and Billy Connolly, at a glitzy event in London.

But a select few in Scotland got a sneak preview tonight, though much less glamorous, as the film closed the Kirkcaldy Film Festival 2014 in a sell-out screening.

Alan Morrison, Herald group arts editor and artistic director of the festival, introduced the film and said: "Tonight, Kirkcaldy was one step ahead of London."

The statement was met with cheers and applause from an excited audience.

The film festival, which is only in its second year, ran from Friday - Sunday at the Adam Smith Theatre. Mr Morrison described tonight's screening event as the 'galactic premiere' and said: "A lot of the film was shot in Scotland so it seemed only right that there was a Scottish screening of it."

The film itself tells the story of Doug McLeod, (David Tennant) who is on the edge of divorce, taking his children and wife to see his dying father (Billy Connolly) for his 75th birthday party, hosted by his uptight brother.

It is written and directed by the creators of hit TV series Outnumbered, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, and features many of the show's characteristics. The main one being three children who say and do ridiculous things which gets the audience laughing even during the most heartbreaking scenes.

While dealing with some heavy subject matter, such as the impending death of Billy Connolly's character due to cancer, the film manages to make light of this by using the humour and innocence of Doug's three children, Lottie, Mickey, and Jess (played by Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull respectively).

They completely steal the show from the word 'action'. It's difficult not to empathise with their plight as they cope with their parents' divorce. Lottie is the sensible older sister while Mickey is Viking-obsessed and Jess carries around a rock and a breeze block called Ed and Norman.

The trio keep the audience amused throughout with their witty one liners, hilarious stories and obsessions. The film allows the audience to see the world through the eyes of these children, where we realise that perhaps it's the adults, who spend their time bickering and competing with one another, who need to grow up.

Overall it is a heartwarming and hilarious film which explores life during some of the more trying moments and teaches us to appreciate what we have. Without a doubt this film stands as one of the best British comedies of 2014.

The Kirkcaldy audience certainly enjoyed the film. The 400-strong crowd filled the theatre with roars of laughter throughout and applauded when the credits began to roll.

Arthur Montgomery, 57, said: "It was a very heartwarming film and very well done. It was well worth the visit!"

Jennifer Wilson, 68, commented: "I thought the film was excellent, the children were absolutely brilliant. As was David Tennant, the whole lot of them, it was really good."

Susan Goodfellow, 52, said: "I thought it was fantastic, I really enjoyed it. It was touching and very funny. It also made you think about spending your time well and doing things right. I loved it."