Analysis Of The Movie ' Trainspotting ' Directed By Danny Boyle

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The 1996 film Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle takes the audience on a fast ride exploring the life of Mark Renton; a struggling heroin addict. The extremely energetic film shows the audience the horror of the Scottish drug scene and the reality of how these addicts live. The life-style of these characters is far from funny, yet Boyle and screenplay writer John Hodge are able to lighten the situation with the use of black humour. Additionally, Boyle mixes reality with fantasy in his scenes and creates an almost “in-between land”. The film uses a variety of cinematic expression’s to communicate with the audience. Boyle plays with camera angles, the use of colour and sound as well as imagery. A particular scene in which all these are present and one of the more iconic moments from the film is known as “The Worst Toilet in Scotland”. The scene has little dialogue, but communicates with the audience. It gives an early insight into the character of Renton and the lengths he is willing to go for his addition. Before analyzing the audio-visual means of expression that are found in the scene, it is helpful to know some context. “The Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene take places very early on in the film. We have only just been introduced to our protagonist Renton and his buddies. The film begins with a couple of the characters being chased through the streets of Edinburgh as we hear a poetic voice-over. It is Renton speaking and he begins with the line “choose life”, and ends

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