Secretopia: Drugs and the Body

Trainspotting movie discussion

27 Feb 2017

In our second edition of Secretopia movie discussions we looked at drugs and their effect on the body by considering human secretions in Trainspotting [1996].


Screenshot Trainspotting -

Diarrhea, blood, vomit and sweat are present throughout the movie. We can read their presence as symbols of the nastiness of addiction and withdrawal. Despite the horrors shown, some argue that the movie glorifies drug usage. Does the movie say, fuck choosing ordinary life: there are better ways to live, bring on the blood, sweat, tears and shit? We discussed this amongst other issues during the evening.

This evening was also a good chance to consider the original Trainspotting before watching Trainspotting 2!

Secretopia: Discussion and Screening
Language: English / Subtitles: English
Monday, February 27th
We start at 19:00 in the Haeckelroom
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Free entrance