Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family ”: Trainspotting (1996), the film directed by Danny Boyle turns 25.
The film that followed in the shady footsteps of a group of lower-class youth living in Edinburgh was harshly criticized as it was said to encourage drug use.
Despite criticism, the feature film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name garnered three nominations for the British Film Academy Awards in the categories Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and Best British Film.
Meanwhile, the character of Mark Renton stood out to such a degree that Ewan McGregor was nominated for the Best Actor category from the London Film Critics Circle and the BAFTA Awards.
Danny Boyle’s film also stood out for its soundtrack made up of songs by Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, New Order, Pulp, David Bowie, Joy Division, among others.
The manifesto on the deception of modern life that Mark Renton dictates while playing Iggy Pop’s “Lust for life” is today one of the most iconic scenes in the seventh art.
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Choose life. But why would I want to do something like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reason when you have heroin”.
After 20 years of having released the film, Danny Boyle released the sequel to Trainspotting.