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  • Danny Boyle


  • Ewan McGregor
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Jonny Lee Miller

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a young heroin addict living in economically depressed Edinburgh. Renton's friends are also junkies: Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Tommy (Kevin McKidd), and his underage girlfriend, Diane (Kelly Macdonald). After one too many brushes with the law, Renton kicks his habit and moves to London, where he finds a job, a flat, and something close to peace of mind. However, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud all arrive at his doorstep on the trail of a big score, leading Renton back down a dangerous path. Danny Boyle directed this Academy Award-nominated black comedy crime drama.

Past Programs


The Science of Addiction

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY


The Portrayal of Addiction

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA