Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy makes blissful leap to big screen at Glasgow Film Festival

STV caught up with stars Adam Sinclair and Olivia Andrup along with director Rob Heydon at the UK premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy to find out more about the movie which centres around Edinburgh’s nightclubbing scene.

It’s been a long road for those behind the film adaption of Welsh’s well known novel – with the author himself lending support to the movie, being involved at the script stage, offering his opinion after watching rough cuts, and also appearing for the weekend’s Q&A that took place after the screening at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

The author was of course responsible for the highly successful Trainspotting – and Ecstasy is another gritty tale that doesn’t pull any punches.

Speaking just before the screening at the GFT, Adam Sinclair – who stars in the lead role of drug dealer Lloyd Buist – told STV: “It’s a love story, and I think the title of Ecstasy is a bit of an ambiguous title.

“It’s set against the backdrop of the club scene, and people taking ecstasy – but personally I don’t think that that’s what the title is about. I think it’s about where do you find your love, what is your love, what is your passion, what is your ecstasy? What do you have to do to achieve it?

“So we have this beautiful love story set against this gritty backdrop of the club scene in Edinburgh.”

Director Rob Heydon continued: “I think it’s a transformational love story, going from the love of ecstasy to the ecstasy of love.

“When we adapted Irvine’s book we had to play with the structure a bit and find a way to make the story work for film.”

So how did the film adaptation come about? Rob explained: “I met Irvine at the Edinburgh festival in August 2000. We talked about optioning it, and he gave us a handshake.

“Since 2002 we’ve been putting it together, and having it fall apart, and putting it together and it falling apart. Finally, in November 2010 we got all the money in the bank, and started spending it and shooting the film.”

Adam added: “I was attached for six years, and at one point I thought I was going to get too old for it. I remember looking at Rob when we were on set and saying ‘We’re here, we’re going to do it. This is it, we’re about to go filming, we’re about to turn on Ecstasy.’

“It was a surreal moment, but we got on with it, and hopefully we made a good film that people are going to enjoy and love.”

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy is set for release in UK cinemas in April, and with that and other novel Filth filming it’s quite a year for fans of the author.

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