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The Acid House

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Bill Stephenson


Paul McGuigan's The Acid House is a surreal triptych adapted by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh from his collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humour with hard-talking drama, the film reaches into the hearts and minds of the chemical generation, casting a dark and unholy light into the hidden corners of the human psyche. The first film of the trilogy, The Granton Star Cause, is a black comedy of revenge, football and religion. The second, A Soft Touch, is a story of love and betrayal with Johnny as the 'soft touch', who is all too easily manipulated by those around him. The final film is a surreal comic story about marriage, babies and an excess of chemical abuse.


Type of film
Running Time
105 mins
Paul McGuigan 1st Feature
David Muir, Alex Usborne
Director of Photography
Alasdair Walker
Principal Cast
Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Jemma Redgrave, Martin Clunes, Maurice Roëves
Screen Writer
Irvine Welsh

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Last updated 26th November 2005

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