I saw this film in 1996. It rocked my world as I had no insight into the world of young people living in poverty in Scotland , immersed in the drug culture. . . . . heroin to be specific, endangering their lives for a moment of pleasure or maybe death. I have never forgotten this movie. To give you a example, I have trouble remembering the name of the film I saw last night. I promise that will not be the case with
“Trainspotting.” Maybe it should be shown in high schools, or in families.
There was an extreme subculture of drugs and poverty in Scotland during the 1980’s and young people were dying of overdoses as well as aids. There were very extreme dilapidated public housing conditions and no jobs. This was the life of these kids. . . . . all they had. . . their friends and the big friend “H”. This film tells their story, not as an overreaction but as truth. It was made in desperation to try and prevent more vulnerable young people not to choose this lifestyle but to choose “Life!”
The complete two hour film is free on the net and I am including the link. Also I am including a trailer for those of you who might not have time now for the complete film. Trainspotting is happening now in the United States and maybe other places. Yes, it is different here , we are not Scotland, it is not the 1980s, but our young people and adults are using and dying with heroin!
Trailer of “Trainspotting”
Full length film: Yesterday when I posted, the film followed. This morning it has been removed from my post. Today , all I can find is a $2.99 version. Sorry.
This is an article by the Guardian Newspaper about the life of these kids now.