Film Series—From Books to Films: Trainspotting (1996) Directed by Danny Boyle
Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug’s blissful nothingness, and financing his habit provides excitement that his life otherwise lacks. He tries to get clean despite the allure of drugs and the influence of his friends. Based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh, this film concludes our series of films based on books.