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#25 Trainspotting Plus Performance - The Making of a Classic

Limited edition – Only 1000 numbered copies will be available Worldwide.


Jay Glennie has interviewed the cast and crew of Trainspotting starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald.

Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s iconic novel, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting became one of the defining films of the 90s. Our latest Coattails publication with hundreds of images, many previously unseen, explores the making of the film with exclusive first-hand accounts from the filmmakers themselves. Our book will explore how Welsh wrote the book, how novel came into producer Andrew Macdonald’s orbit and then screenwriter John Hodge’s memories of the seemingly impossible task of adapting the non-linear novel. We discover how Danny Boyle brought together the perfect cast, and how they, in turn, built an unbreakable bond over the seven week shoot.

How Ewan McGregor transformed himself in Renton; how Ewen Bremner nearly turned down the role of Spud; how Robert Carlyle was seduced by Boyle with the tease: “small psychos are the best”; how Danny Boyle cast the very British Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and wanted to kill the goodness of Kevin McKidd’s Tommy; and how Kelly Macdonald made her acting debut.    

We learn how Iggy Pop, Underworld, Leftfield and Primal Scream and many more came together to give us one of the greatest ever soundtracks. 

We come to understand how the man who begun it all, Irvine Welsh, absolutely adored the adaptation. 

Jay Glennie: “What can I say?! To work with so many of my personal heroes in creating this homage to one of my favourite books and films, has once again been a dream gig. The generosity of spirit from Irvine, Danny, John and Andrew, and the cast and crew, in bringing this book together has been wonderful. I hope we have done them proud. I’m pretty sure we have!”


Performance – The Making of a Classic - Limited Edition


The 50th anniversary numbered limited edition large format book on the making of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s iconic film performance, starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. 


A behind-the-scenes- look at the making of the landmark film.


Performance is written by Jay Glennie, working closely with Performance producer Sandy Lieberson, who opened up his extensive archives. The large format book takes a comprehensive look at the landmark British film. Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the filming of Performance, it includes exclusive interviews with cast & crew (including Mick Jagger, James Fox, Nic Roeg and Sandy Lieberson), soundtrack musicians and artists influenced by the film.


Featuring stunning on-location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and often difficult journey from page to screen of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s visionary film. Every film has its own extraordinary story but never anything like Performance! The book details how a group of mostly first time filmmakers managed to raise the money for a film without showing the studio financing it a script and then shoot the whole film on location away from any studio executives preying eyes and then see their film not released for two years.


Performance the book looks at the personality clashes on set, the unconventional working methods of codirectors Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and their stars Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton. Through first-hand accounts and extensive research, we find out what it was like to work on the famed film. And after a shoot that was typified by a ‘work hard, play hard’ approach, we discover there was still more controversy to come with a soundtrack only featuring one Mick Jagger song, the refusal to release the film by Warner Bros. until it was heavily edited and a decidedly cool reception from most critics.


That Performance is now seen as a classic that was ahead of its time says something about the enduring power of the film, the genius of Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg and the mesmerising  presence of Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michèle Breton.


This beautiful, exclusive large format book will have a numbered, limited edition release of just 3,000 copies worldwide and includes more than 400 images.


  • Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the shoot.
  • Limited edition of 3,000 numbered copies worldwide.
  • Pages 348
  • With over 130 colour images. 
  • 330 black and white onset images. 
  • Unseen onset images and also featuring images from Cecil Beaton, Michael Cooper, Andrew Maclear and Baron Wolman.
  • Large format book (page size 240mm x 340mm)

#25 Trainspotting Plus Performance - The Making of a Classic

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