Film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy to premiere at Toronto Film Festival
- Niki Boyle
- 20 August 2011
The premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy will take place at the Toronto Independent Film Festival WHEN, which takes place from 8–18 September. The film is directed by music video director Rob Heydon, making his big screen debut, and stars Scottish actors Adam Sinclair and Billy Boyd.
It’s the third of Welsh’s books to be adapted for the cinema, after 1996’s Trainspotting and 1998’s The Acid House. As with those, it’s a satirically edged story, largely set in Edinburgh’s drug-addicted underworld. Welsh is said to be very impressed with Sinclair’s performance in the film, and the appreciation goes both ways.
‘Like many Scots, I’d been a fan of Irvine Welsh’s novels for years so this was really a dream role,’ said Sinclair. ‘I’m really proud of the finished film and the buzz about it online has been incredible. I just can’t wait to see the reaction to it at Toronto.’
Heydon added, 'I want Ecstasy to be the most viscerally thrilling, emotionally exhilarating and life-affirming film. Many of the film’s events are violent and shocking, but above it all, I feel passionately this is a story of great hope, love and rekindling faith.'