Interview with Irvine Welsh and Rob Heydon
The Arts Scene had a splendid opportunity to sit down with two amazing professionals for a nice, lengthy conversation.
Irvine Welsh is someone most people know about. He became a household name when his book Trainspotting was adapted to the big screen by Danny Boyle, which starred Ewan McGregor. The contemporary Scottish novelist has written 8 novels, a collection of short stories and many scripts, all that showcase his unique and creative writing style.
Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance is a short story collection Welsh wrote back in 1996, containing three novellas. In 1998, Canadian playwright Keith Wyatt adapted the story into a stage production at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, receiving applause from critics everywhere and a very important statement from Welsh himself: “I feel that Ecstasy, by Raven Productions, has been the best theatrical adaptation of my work to date”.
Rob Heydon acquired the rights to his new film, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy, in 2000 and began finding the resources to develop the film. The story of the film is based around the third story in Ecstasy titled The Undefeated. It revolves around a married, middle class woman named Heather Thompson (Kristin Kreuk) who, in the search for change, falls in love with partying, drug-addict Lloyd Buist (Adam Sinclair). The story goes down a path where the two question this new relationship and wonder if its the drugs that make it work, or if they truly love one another.
The film premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 18, 2011 and has gone on to receive over 13 awards at various film festivals around the world. We had a chance to chat with Welsh and Heydon, to talk about their new film, the little adventure they went on to make it happen and to get their story as professionals in the industry.
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