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Screen-spotting Ewan McGregor

The Eye on Film

ARTS: WIZARD OF ODD

Ask Peter Greenaway a question, and he'll respond with a lecture on Eisenstein, the Internet, or the evils of narrative cinema. The effect is spellbinding - but what lies behind the flow of smooth talk and sumptuous imagery?

NOVEL IDEAS

Last week Ewan "Trainspotting" McGregor signed-up to play James Joyce in a forthcoming biopic of the Irish writer. After the success of literary adaptations from Emma to Jude, we should probably feel grateful it's not a remake of Ulysses, but simply the latest in a long line of movies scheduled to introduce cinema-goers to Lives of the Great Artists.

FIFTY YEARS OF FESTIVAL 1947 - 1996

'The people of Scotland are damned fools to throw away pounds 60,000 on a music festival' - Sir Thomas Beecham, 1948. A glance at the gallery of photographs opposite should suggest just a few reasons for rejoicing in the damned foolishness of the Scots, and the forces that kept that Sir Thomas in conducting. The Edinburgh Festival, which celebrates its 50th birthday

The interview / IRVINE WELSH

The author of 'Trainspotting' would like a drug-free society, and he's not too happy about kids reading his book

'Trainspotting' made easy - for Americans

"Aw ... ah wanted the radge tae gist f--- off ootae ma visage, tae go oan his ain, n gist leave us wi Jean Claude. Oan the other hand, ah'd be getting sick tae before long, and if that c--- went n scored, he'd haud oot oan us."

Making perfect sense

FILM

You can take me higher...

TRAINSPOTTING Danny Boyle (18) SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Ang Lee (U); Two films, one heritage. But is history all that connects these two sure- fire hits?

Will 'Trainspotting' breed junkies?

Protests will greet a much-hyped film, but it could prove a valuable contribution to the drugs debate

Postcards from the edge

First it was a best-selling novel, then a West End play. Now it's an acclaimed film. In a rare interview, Irvine Welsh, author of the phenomenal 'Trainspotting', talked to Kevin Macdonald about the journey from page to stage to screen

underrated the case for Gordon Legge

There's an Edinburgh-based writer who's now written three books cataloguing "schemie" culture in Scotland. Books depicting the dead-end aimlessness of lives lived on the margins, whose predominantly male cast find escape in drink, dope and a day at the footie.

Starring Glasgow, a character actor of many parts

When did the dream begin? Perhaps when the film awards came to town, during Glasgow's celebration as European City of Culture 1990. Maybe it was earlier, after seeing its necropolis perched on the skyline in the opening shot of Bertrand Tavernier's Deathwatch. Nobody knows, and maybe nobody cares - for Glasgow's vision of itself as a movie- making centre is now a reality.

Off the beaten track

SCOTTISH THEATRE ROUND-UP Trainspotting / Citizens, Glasgow Wasted / Tron, Glasgow
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