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Welsh co-directed "The Right to liberty", a chapter of the documentary film The New Ten Commandments, in 2008. COMMENTS: The Acid House is funny, grim, unsettling, revolting, and ... well it's a lot of fun if you like this sort of thing! This sort of thing being surreal, underground British Isles films. The Acid House immediately reminded me of Pat McCabe and Neil Jordan's bizarre Irish effort, The Butcher Boy (1987), and the somewhat less eerie, but equally strange, Disco Pigs (2001).
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Welsh: I really like Kevin in “Trainspotting” and he’s one of those understated actors who could pull off the “nice guy in extreme circumstances” role. He really held it together well. He’s a strong actor. As for Ewen he didn’t really want to do any more acting at that time, he was just doing music, but I convinced him that it would be a good thing to do. Next, Welsh released The Acid House, a collection of short stories from Rebel Inc., New Writing Scotland and other sources. Many of the stories take place in and around the housing schemes from Trainspotting, and employ many of the same themes; a touch of fantasy is apparent in stories such as The Acid House, where the minds of a baby and a drug user swap bodies, or The Granton Star Cause, where God transforms a man into a fly  as punishment for wasting his life. Welsh adapted three of the stories for a later film of the same name, in which he also appeared. Irvine Welsh: I didn’t really choose, it was the producer Alex Usborne who decided which ones to do as he bought the rights to the book. I think when someone buys the rights to your book, you’re quite flattered, so you listen to their choices. He knew what he wanted to do, so I just let him get on with it. I kind of felt that the second story he chose was a bit too realist for the other two, but once they’d been filmed I thought that the second one came across really well, especially as we decided to cut it down to fit the other three. I thought it then worked much better instead of being a single drama, it then worked in the whole progressional thread of the film.PLOT: A grotesque, genre-bending trio of tawdry, disturbing stories about squalor, decay, excess, perversion, stupidity, and altered states. His abilty to create sympathetic rogues is second to none. Characters constantly blame the consequences of their actions on other powers such as Thatcher, the Polis or the Doyle brothers. These gripings are intersped with characters monolgoing the moments when they got in over their heads or when things have went sour for them.
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BG When I attempted to stop taking drugs and drinking, what helped more than anything was making a commitment to getting up in the morning, getting dressed and going somewhere, swimming, an NA [narcotics anonymous] meeting. Putting structure into a chaotic life, building defences. Because if I drank, I took drugs. If I took drugs, I drank. I didn’t like the way I was behaving. I hated myself. I didn’t like the impact it was having on my wife and kids. I couldn’t take it any more. I was becoming really deranged and paranoid. I was making myself psychotic basically. It was time to make a change, for many reasons, but mainly my family. Cavanagh and Welsh have also collaborated on screenplays. The Meat Trade is based on the 19th-century West Port murders. Despite the historical source material, Welsh has set the story in the familiar confines of present-day Edinburgh, with Burke and Hare depicted as brothers who steal human organs to meet the demands of the global transplant market.Welsh returned to Edinburgh in the late 1980s, where he worked for the city council in the housing department. He then studied for an MBA at Heriot-Watt University.  Fiction [ edit ] Irvine Welsh in Warsaw, 13 March 2006 Primal Scream c1990 (l-r, standing): Robert Young, Henry Olsen, Philip Tomanov; (seated) Andrew Innes and Bobby Gillespie. Photograph: Tim Roney/Getty Images Welsh's prequel to Trainspotting, titled Skagboys, was published in 2012.    Set in Leith in the early 1980s, it introduces the Trainspotting characters and follows them as they fall into heroin addiction. Given as a series of linked short stories, the book is also interspersed with brief commentaries on contemporary British politics. In particular, the consequences of the destruction of industry in the northern cities are drawn for the young working class. His eighth novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, was published in May 2014 and his ninth novel titled A Decent Ride was published by Vintage Books in April 2015. The latter work featured the returning character 'Juice' Terry Lawson (previously from Glue).
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Irvine's plays and theatre adaptations". Irvine Welsh. The Random House Group Limited. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012 . Retrieved 29 July 2012. Eurotrash" - A wild ride of a story about a bunch of people with problems and attitudes. Until one of them takes her own life, the main character starts to discover that he has not as much insight into other people as he thought. All these stories collected in this collection are good, but the few that really stand out make it worth reading all of them. The title story is just outstanding: a lightning strike switches the soul of acid-tripping Coco Bryce with a newborn baby. "A Smart Cunt", a logical extension of "Trainspotting" and whose narrator is largely indistinguishable from Mark Renton, is supreme as well, with it's look at crime, death, and shitting on other people's faces. "The Granton Star Cause" is the other genius standout: Boab Coyle meets a drunken, angry God in a pub and gets turned into a housefly as punishment, but also to act as God's instrument against shitty people.
Welsh followed Trainspotting with a novella and collection of short stories called The Acid House (1994). One aspect of the use of drugs in Welsh’s fiction is that it has allowed him to integrate elements of fantasy into his portrayals of urban life. So, in the title story, ‘The Acid House’, Welsh has Hibs casual Coco Bryce exchange minds with a young baby, and then follows the baby and Coco as their mother and girlfriend try to make them into the men they want them to be. Elsewhere, in ‘The Granton Star Cause’ Boab meets God in the pub and is then turned into a bluebottle. Shown as an standalone film recently, The Granton Star Cause is the story of Boab. Never the sharpest or most driven of lads, he finds himself dropped from his local football team (a team that can only dream of playing a match with proper nets), forced to move out of his parents' house, beaten by police for vandalism, dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job all in the space of a day or two. Sitting alone in a pub with a pint of lager for comfort, Boab is surprised to find himself approached for a chat by a man claiming to be God.