Ten years on from Trainspotting
Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton. In the world of Porno
, though, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.
“Funny and eloquently obscene”
- Daily Telegraph
“A brilliant satirical study of the ugly dynamic which draws together predators and prey”
- Sunday Telegraph
“Not for the fainthearted... Highly entertaining”
- Sunday Times
“A worthy sequel... A touching love song to the possibilities and limits of friendship. Charming, funny and sly, Porno is a good poke at all kinds of pretence and moral tidiness”
- Evening Standard
“Captures and celebrates the hangover of youth”
I didn't mean to do this as a sequel to Trainspotting
. Nicky was originally the main character, her boyfriend was an older guy called Steve. When I got half-way through it I realised that he was Sick Boy and I had to just go with that. Of course, I then found that I couldn't tell his backstory without working out what had happened to the rest of them. I brought Juice Terry in from Glue as I like him, and because that's exactly the sort of thing he'd get up to. I think now that the book would have been better without the baggage of the Trainspotting characters. A lot of the issues I was getting into with regards to the power and the relationships within homemade pornography got pushed aside in the 'who is Begbie going to batter next' mania. I think it might be a better film than a book, but I do like it very much. I love Sick Boy in it, and his total loathing of everything around him.