If you’re in your 40s, it’s a pretty safe bet that, about 20 years ago, either you or someone you know will have had a Trainspotting poster on their wall. And owned the soundtrack. And, of course, went to see Danny Boyle’s second film, based on Irvine Welsh’s cult novel, that became a phenomena long before Boyle enjoyed a second lease of creative life as the mastermind behind the brilliant London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
The original Trainspotting captured the zeitgeist. Ewan McGregor’s opening Choose Life monologue, delivered over the unmistakable tones of Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life, captured the imagination of a generation. It propelled Boyle into the big league, showcasing his Scorsese-way with a camera and his keen eye for a set-piece. It also turned Ewan McGregor, then best known for the lead in Dennis Potter’s Channel 4 drama Lipstick On Your Collar, into an international superstar.
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