Irvine Welsh is no stranger to playing way out in left field when it comes to writing novels. You see, Irvine wrote a book some of you may remember from the early 90′s entitled Trainspotting. Fast forward a few years later (96 to be exact), and Irvine released three more titles in a series called “Ecstasy, Three Tales Of Chemical Romance.” The three stories are as follows:
After suffering a stroke, Rebecca Navarro, a best-selling romance novelist, discovers the truth about her corrupt, pornography-loving husband. With the help of Lorraine, her sexually confused nurse, she plots her revenge.
Another nurse at the hospital, Glen, has been secretly admiring Lorraine but after a night at a club, decides to pursue her friend Yvonne instead. Meanwhile, Glen has been accepting money from Freddy Royle, a necrophiliac TV personality. The hospital trustees turn a blind eye to Freddy’s nefarious pastime but have to do some fast talking when the new coroner begins asking questions.
Samantha Worthington, an angry and bitter ‘Tenazedrine’ (Thalidomide) victim, enlists a football hooligan, Dave, to help her seek revenge on the last man left alive who pushed the drug who caused her deformed arms, the drug’s marketing director.
The story is told in flashbacks from Samantha’s past, flashbacks of the drug marketer’s past and his present well-being, and a first person perspective from Dave’s eyes. It is known as a “psychedelic” novel.
The longest story, The Undefeated, presents slice-of-life episodes from the lives of two recreational drug users. Lloyd, an aging clubber, begins to question his life and considers the possibility of falling in love. Housewife Heather leaves her Dire Straits-loving suburban husband and starts a new life amongst the rave scene, where she meets Lloyd. The film based on The Undefeated was produced and directed by Rob Heydon in 2011. (taken from
And so, like a ton of other half decently written books in the 20th century, the books are being turned into a movie. Check out the plot:
Based on Irvine Welsh’s controversial book, Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, ECSTASY is a twisted tale that explores the euphoric highs and the devastating lows of a chemical romance. Lloyd (Adam Sinclair) is on top of the world – beautiful girls, great club sounds, and a never ending supply of the love drug, sustained by a smuggling sideline for the local drug boss Solo (Carlo Rota). But when he meets Heather (Kristin Kreuk) he is forced to question if the love he feels is real or just another chemical high. As cracks start to appear in his world he realises he wants out. If he can just pull off one last trip for Solo, he’ll be free.
Ecstasy also stars Billy Boyd as DJ and e-prophet Woodsy, cameos from John Digweed and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, and a pulsing soundtrack from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Tiesto, Coldplay, Orbital, Primal Scream, Bonjay, The Mahones and Hawksley Workman. Directed by Rob Heydon, Ecstasy was shot in 2011 on location in Scotland, Amsterdam and Canada.
The film premiers April 17th in London. Check out the links below for all the info as well as teaser of the movie.