A palpable hitBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7030.585 (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:585
- Declan McLoughlin
For a film about the ostensibly unappealign subject of heroin addiction, Trainspotting makes for remarkably thoughtful and entertaining viewing. It cuts a gleeful swathe through the tedious middlebrow literary adaptations and heritage films that pass for modern British cinema. Adapted by screenwriter, and former doctor, John Hodges from Irvine Welsh's acclaimed picaresque novel, it concerns a predominantly male group of injecting opiate addicts living in Edinburgh in the late 1980s. This was an era when injecting was peculiarly fashionable among Edinburgh addicts, in whom the rapid spread of HIV infection resulted in prevalences of more than 50%, the highest in Europe.
Trainspotting is a non-judgmental, credible, …