GB 2017 1hr 57mins Dir: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewan McGregor and Anjela Nedyalkova
After 20 years abroad, a former Scottish heroin addict returns home to reunite with his friends
This sequel to Trainspotting (qv) is deliberately self-referential, with film-clips, music and echoes from the first film. The screenplay is loosely based on Porno, the follow-up novel to Trainspotting, with characters and elements lifted from the first novel. It has quite a bit more in relation to railways than the first film did 21 years previously. The classic scene at Corrour in Trainspotting was recreated for this film, with a Class 156 DMU pulling out, but at the beginning there are some good, albeit brief shots of Edinburgh Trams, with front and roof-mounted cameras offering some very unusual views. The Port Sunlight pub in the film is in fact the former Globe Hotel in Clydebank, and in a couple of scenes trains pass by on the line between Clydebank and Yoker stations. Although most are unidentifiable because they pass by at night, there is one excellent shot of a Class 334 ‘Juniper’ EMU during the day. In addition to these there is a shot of a passing Virgin East Coast-liveried HST, a distant shot of a pair of Class 156 DMU’s crossing Rannoch Moor, a view of the Forth Bridge from the adjacent road bridge, and a scene filmed at Leith Docks with abandoned railway lines in evidence. As an aside, there is a scene where Ewen Bremner reminisces about the past and the shot of Edinburgh Waverley station as seen through the Calton Road arch is replayed from the first movie. This is one of only two locations that appeared in both Trainspotting movies, the other was of course Corrour station. Unlike the first movie, Edinburgh Waverley does later feature briefly in the film, and there is also a shot of a Class 91-hauled ECML express arriving at the station in the deleted scenes. The Corrour and Rannoch scenes also reappear in the deleted scenes on the DVD release, as does an additional one filmed onboard a ‘Sprinter’ DMU, a good ground level shot of an Edinburgh tram, and a lengthy scene filmed in the abandoned and derelict former Shrubhill tram depot in Leith. All in all then, this movie does more for the rail enthusiast than the first one ever did.