If the weather is nice, we'll be showing Danny Boyle's cult classic Trainspotting (1996), starring
Ewan McGregor, in the second part of the evening, following the reading with Irvine Welsh.
Trainspotting is one of the most popular British films of the past 20 years, and perhaps the most popular Scottish film ever.
The story takes place in a depressed area of Edinburgh and revolves around a group of heroin users in the late 1980s. The sensitive Renton (Ewan McGregor) is the focus while his friends and fellow users include the would-be drug dealer Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and the inept Spud (Ewen Bremner). The psychopathic Begbie (Robert Carlyle) prefers alcohol to drugs, and is the nastiest of the lot.
The film follows Renton’s attempts to stop using heroin and live a more conventional life – something that is always stymied by the drug-related activities of his friends. Around him, the lives of fellow addicts are destroyed by heroin. The film’s appeal comes from the way Boyle presents the addicts as proactive anti-heroes rather than passive victims.