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Irvine Welsh: ‘We’re as much in denial about drug abuse as ever’

by Steven MacKenzie@stevenmackenzie The Big Issue, posted 15 02 2021

As the film adaptation of Trainspotting turns 25, the writer reflects on what's changed – and what hasn't – since it was released in 1996

Trainspotting was released on 23 February 1996. As well as cementing the status of stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly McDonald and more, the film stirred up debate around drug use like never before.

Based on Irvine Welsh’s controversial book published three years earlier, the author tells The Big Issue that he’s not surprised people are still talking about the film a quarter of a century later.

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