excitement and speed of the journey that cinema can provide". He
described the film as "intelligent entertainment", meaning that it
doesn't patronise audiences and there's an agenda behind the film if
they want to look for one. He, John Hodge and producer Andrew
MacDonald all wanted the film to be a partnership of 3 performers.
They didn't approach one major star because they thought the audiences
would all be concentrating on that one person. To prepare for the
film, Boyle lived in a flat for a week with the three actors.
CLIP OF SHALLOW GRAVE
Trainspotting, released in 1996, was the second film from the team of
Danny Boyle, Andrew MacDonald and John Hodge. The screenplay was
adapted from the Irvine Welsh novel of the same name. John Hodge took
some persuading to make the film - he described the novel as having
"no story" and Welsh's prose as "dialogue-driven". Again, it took 30
days to shoot. The film cost £1.6 million, financed by Channel 4 who
was able to pre-sell it on the back of the success of Shallow Grave.
The film went on to take £13 million worldwide and is the second
highest grossing British film of all time - after Four Weddings and a
Funeral. Danny Boyle thoroughly researched heroin addiction for the
film - he met a lot of addicts and got them to talk to the actors and
held "cookery classes" where the actors learnt how to cook up. Ewan
McGregor also read all the books he…
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