- 27 Jan 17
A full 21 years after making one of the biggest British cinematic hits of the 1990s, the original cast and crew of Trainspotting have finally made a sequel. Author IRVINE WELSH talks about the stop/start process involved, the importance of the soundtrack, the possibility of a third installment, and why he thinks the election of Donald Trump will be great for artists. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN
It’s just after 9am on January 15, 2017, and an early-rising Irvine Welsh is staring bemusedly out the window of the Chicago apartment he shares with his American second wife, Beth Quinn, as he takes this call from Hot Press. Usually at this time of year he’d be facing a blindingly white vista of snow and ice, but apparently the weather in the Windy City has been quite erratic of late.
“It’s been a funny old winter,” the 59-year-old writer and filmmaker muses, speaking in a strong Scottish accent. “At this time of year it’s normally so cold and snowy and icy that you just can’t go out, and so you hole up and get things done. But it’s been quite strange. The temperature is all over the place; it’s gone up into the fifties again this weekend, so it kind of feels like it’s gone back into autumn. We’ve gone backwards. It’s bizarre.”
It’s probably just all that hot air from Donald Trump…