University open-air cinema to show Trainspotting

Trainspotting is among the cult films set to be broadcast within Edinburgh's University's quadrangle.
Trainspotting is among the cult films set to be broadcast within Edinburgh's University's quadrangle.
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IN one of the iconic scenes of modern cinema they are filmed sprinting down Princes Street with the law in hot pursuit.

But now larger-than-life Trainspotting stars Renton and Spud will appear more than ten feet high and beamed on to an unlikely Capital landmark – Edinburgh’s law school.

The Irvine Welsh epic, which is set in Edinburgh, is among the cult films set to be broadcast within Edinburgh’s University’s quadrangle as part of a week-long open-air cinema programme.

Highlights from the Edinburgh University billing – dubbed Film in the Old College Quad – include city-based romantic comedy One Day, 1980s comedy classic Ghostbusters and children’s favourite Shrek.

It is understood university bosses are keen for visitors to explore the oldest section of the campus following an anonymous donation of £1 million to remove a car park and install a lawn three years ago.

Professor Mary Bownes, of Edinburgh University, said she was “thrilled” to welcome the public to the Old College 
quad.

“We are particularly pleased to showcase new talent from our students in Edinburgh College of Art, and hope the historical setting will add to the drama,” she said.

Many screenings will be free, with families invited to bring picnics for the matinee showings.

There will be themed evenings throughout the week, including a comedy night with the Ealing comedy classic, Whisky Galore! and an Eighties’ night including the “brat pack” favourite The Breakfast Club.

There will also be a night dedicated to films directed by the Coen brothers including the screening of cult classics Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

Capital film expert Jon Melville said: “It’s always good to see film being celebrated in the city, particularly during the Fringe when it tends to take a back seat.

“This is a chance for locals and visitors to enjoy some great films, in particular some iconic Edinburgh films, in a historic location. Now they just need to turn the Castle Esplanade into a Drive-In!”

Tickets cost £5 per film – family matinees are free. The event will run from August 17-23.