93 minutes

Irvine Welsh’s book Trainspotting had caused some controversy when it was published in 1993 but the film (which came three years later) was greeted with a huge public reaction: a few (predictably) wanted it banned, but the film rapidly achieved fame and popularity, making £12.3m at the British box-office alone and going on to make £56m worldwide. This was great news for the producers as the film had cost only £1.7m to make! The producer, director, writer and some of the same actors had had a earlier (but more modest) success with the black comedy Shallow Grave in 1994. Danny Boyle has gone on to direct other successful movies such as The Beach, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs, T2 Trainspotting (2017, with the same main characters) and Yesterday, as well directing the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Ewan McGregor has become a major star in films such as Moulin Rouge, The Island and Star Wars.


  • Director
  • Danny Boyle
  • Writer
  • John Hodge
  • Photography
  • Brian Tufano


  • Renton ('Rents' or 'Rent-boy)
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Begbie
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Sick Boy
  • Jonny Lee Miller
  • Spud
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Tommy
  • Kevin McKidd
  • Diane
  • Kelly Macdonald

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