Films Based on Scottish Books

As a staunch Scotophile, I can’t resist the urge to recommend three of my favourite films based on novels by Scottish writers. They are all dark and intense — in other words, very Scottish. Trainspotting, of course, is a cult classic, and if you loved it, you’ll probably like the other two films too. Check out the trailers below!

Trainspotting (1996)

Based on an eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh from 1993.

Morvern Callar (2002)

Based on a book by Allan Warner from 1995.

Young Adam (2003)

Originally a book by Alexander Trocchi from 1954.

8 thoughts on “Films Based on Scottish Books

  1. I see we have similar tastes when it comes to Scottish films. Having enjoyed reading Trainspotting so much, I was worried about the film version being rubbish so was pleasantly surprised how successfully the adaptation was handled. With Morvern Callar and Young Adam, however, I actually enjoyed the films more than the books which is very rare for me.


    1. Great! I suspect we’d share this taste and I’m always glad to find a fellow fan 🙂

      Well, surely Trainspotting the book is incomparably more complex and multifaceted than the film, but the film captures at least some of the main ideas and especially the atmosphere very well to me.

      I must admit to not having read Morvern and Young Adam yet — just seen the films and though they are probably not flawless, I enjoyed them enough 🙂

      Apparently, I incline to existentialism; as my professor discovered many years ago — I answered to him then that I certainly didn’t have such inclinations. I was wrong.


  2. I remember some American politicians saying how Trainspotting represented Hollywood’s glorification of drugs. What? Hollywood had nothing at all to do with the film and anybody who watches the movie and thinks being a heroin addict is a good time needs to reevaluate their life. I’ll have to check out the other two movies some time.


    1. Oh? That Trainspotting glorifies drug use? I don’t remember ever seeing anything more discouraging from drugs than this… But I do understand that the film was rather controversial for many reasons when it appeared. I’m glad if my recommendations inspired you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and have a nice (film) weekend!


      1. I agree that the movie portrays drug use in such an awful light and yet in the 1996 presidential campaign Bob Dole used some twisted logic to show that Bill Clinton was an evil man because some Hollywood stars supported him and Hollywood did nothing but make movies that glorified drugs, like that movie Trainspotting. The right wing in America made huge deal about the movie and how it was causing a heroin crisis


        1. That’s “interesting” logic. I’d say it’s funny if it weren’t serious… Well, thanks for telling me, I wasn’t aware of this detail and it’s always handy to learn something! 🙂


  3. OK. You just made me spend money on a Kindle download. 🙂

    I’ll get to Trainspotting soon — I have lots of other books in the queue. So many books, so little time!


    1. Wow, it’s great that I inspired you to a download — even if your purse might not think so… I hope you’ll enjoy your choice! Also, now I’m vaguely sorry that none of my recommendations is endorsed 😮 Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

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