50 Years of SIFF: Trainspotting


United Kingdom | 1996 | 94 min. | Danny Boyle

November 24 - December 3, 2023

50 Years of SIFF

Renton (Ewan McGregor), deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. Regarded by many critics as one of the best films of the 1990s, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award at SIFF 1996.

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them...

  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Principal Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 94 min.
  • Producer: Andrew Macdonald
  • Screenplay: John Hodge, Irvine Welsh (Screenplay)
  • Cinematographers: Brian Tufano
  • Editors: Masahiro Hirakubo
  • Filmography: Yesterday (2019), T2 Trainspotting (2017), Steve Jobs (2015), Trance (2013), 127 Hours (2010), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Sunshine (2007), Millions (2004), 28 Days Later (2002), The Beach (2000), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), Trainspotting (1996), Shallow Grave (1994)