From the Back Cover
"With God's help I'll conquer this terrible affliction." Ewan McGregor as Mark Renton in Trainspotting
* Includes excepts from the film reviews and provides a background to Transpotting.
* Gives biographies of key cast and crew and provides a cultural context for the film
* Looks at production, key scenes, themes and techniques used in making the movie.
Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Trainspotting broke new ground within British cinema and became the highest placed film of the 1990's. Learn how the film related to the 90's culture of Britpop and 'Cool Britannia' and how music played an important role in the significance of certain scenes. Consider the film's importance within British Cinema and how it differed from the dogged realism of other British movies. Get short biographies of the producer Andrew Macdonald, author Irving Welsh, screenwriter John Hodge, cinematographer Brian Tufano, editor Masahiro Hirakubo, and actors Ewan Mcgregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner. Get a bibliography of articles and books having to do with Trainspotting, as well as, British & Scottish films, find a listing of cinematic terms. Learn what Trainspotting contributed to the debate on drugs and how the media reacted to the film's release. Discover the reasons behind the casting of Ewen Bremner as Spud and the role costumes had on character portrayal. Written in an accessible style, Trainspotting is excellent reading for the movie fan and film student alike.
Martin StolleyD> is Lecturer in Film Studies at the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society at Southampton Institute.