Trainspotting 1996 R18+

3.00PM Sat 27 Feb 2021 (1hr 33mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘A shocking, painfully subjective trawl through the Edinburgh heroin culture of the 1980s, Irvine Welsh's cult novel is hardly an obvious choice for the team who made Shallow Grave. Yet the film's a triumph. Audaciously punching up the pitch-black comedy, juggling parallel character strands and juxtaposing image, music and voice-over with a virtuosity worthy of Scorsese on peak form, Trainspotting the movie captures precisely Welsh's insolent, amoral intelligence. Amoral, but not unthinking, and certainly not unfeeling. Nihilism runs deep in this movie, emotion cannot be countenanced, only blocked off by another hit, another gag, but the anarchic, exhilarating rush of the highs can't drown out the subsequent, devastating lows - these are two sides of the same desperation. Danny Boyle's intuitive, vital, empathetic direction pushes so far, the movie flies on sheer momentum - that and bravura performances from Bremner's gormless Spud, Carlyle's terrifying Begbie and, especially, McGregor's Renton, who supplies a low-key, charismatic centre. This may not have the weight of 'Great Art', but it crystallises youthful disaffection with the verve of the best and brightest pop culture. A sensation.’ TimeOut

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 93 MINUTES, UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DANNY BOYLE / SCRIPT: JOHN HODGE, BASED ON THE NOVEL BY IRVINE WELSH / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRIAN TUFANO / EDITOR: MASAHIRO HIRAKUBO / PROD CO: CHANNEL FOUR FILMS, FIGMENT FILMS, THE NOEL GAY PICTURE COMPANY / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP