Published Date: 27 January 2011 By LIAM RUDDEN Arts and Entertainment editor
CHOOSE life! By introducing cinema audiences to Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Tommy, Begbie and Diane, Trainspotting showcased the talents of Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald, making them international stars in the process.
That was 15 years ago, and on Wednesday that milestone will be celebrated with a special one-off screening of the cult Edinburgh-set movie at the Royal Scottish Academy, which features in the background of the unforgettable opening chase scene in which Renton, played by McGregor, runs down Princes Street.
On the off chance that you have managed to avoid Trainspotting for the last decade and a half, the action centres around the exploits of heroin addict Mark Renton.
Deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, he decides to clean up, kick his smack habit and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends who are quite happy to just party. It's an escape that finds Renton mixed up in drug deals, armed robbery and prostitution as he battles to get straight.
Directed by Danny Boyle, of Slumdog Millionaire fame, and based on the Irvine Welsh (pictured) novel of the same name, Trainspotting was ranked tenth by the British Film Institute in its list of Top 100 British films of all time.
Exposing the underbelly of an 80s Edinburgh regarded by many as the 'heroin capital of Europe,' the film not only launched its young cast on the road to stardom but made Welsh a household name, thanks in no small part to the controversy that surrounded its release.
Wednesday's screening is the third free event in Volkswagen's See Film Differently series.
The event is free but ticketed, with tickets available through an on-line draw. For the chance to win you need to log on to www.seefilmdifferently.com now. Tickets will be available until midday tomorrow, after which winners will be informed.
The event follows original location screenings of An American Werewolf In London, which was held inside London Zoo, and gangster classic Get Carter, shown at Newcastle Racecourse, both notable locations featured in the films.
Turning the camera on the locations featured in Trainspotting offers movie fans an immersive cinema experience designed to provide a behind the scenes-style insight into the BAFTA award winning favourite.
After the screening, viewers will be invited to follow Renton's route to Calton Road, where the opening chase ended with McGregor being hit by a car.
There, the Ingleby Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition featuring rare Trainspotting stills, original promotional material and photography, along with a live DJ set featuring music from the movie.
And just in case you are wondering why there are no references to train spotting in the movie, well, here's your answer. The title is taken from a scene from the novel in which Begbie and Renton meet a drunken dosser who turns out to be Begbie's estranged father, in the long-closed Leith Central railway station (now the site of Waterworld and Tesco), at the foot of Leith Walk – the drunk asks them if they are trainspotting.
15th Anniversary Screening of Trainspotting, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, free but ticketed - tickets courtesy of Volkswagen.
For the chance to win visit www.seefilmdifferently.com before midday tomorrow, after which winners will be informed