Irvine Welsh's 'Filth' Adaptation Gets Jim Broadbent & Imogen Poots

January 20, 2012
Source: Variety

Jim Broadbent & Imogen Poots

The film adaptation of Filth, the third novel from Scottish author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), is getting a clean cast for the big screen according to Variety. Joining the already impressive British ensemble of James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, and Joanne Froggatt are character actor Jim Broadbent and actress Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Centurion, Jane Eyre, Fright Night). With the financing for the film now in place, it is set to begin production next week in Glasgow, Scotland along with shooting locations in Sweden, Belgium and Hamburg, Germany. Read on to roll around and get filthy with the story details!

Producer turned director Jon S. Baird (Green Street Hooligans, Cass) will direct from the adapted script he also penned. The film centers around a a Scottish police officer (played by James McAvoy) described as a racist, a coke addict and a "sex-obsessed, misanthropic man driven by intense hatred." So, pretty much a complete turn for McAvoy. The rest of the plot is described as this:

"The novel begins with a murder, which is the case that Bruce Robertson is investigating; however, the natural evolution of the plot itself has little or nothing at all to do with the crime. The plot traces Bruce throughout his life, told from a first-person perspective. Through narrative devices such as the tapeworm he acquires, we get to explore the facets of Bruce's personality and learn about his past, through the various tedious police routines Bruce absconds from, his sexual endeavours eventually backfiring, and his various short or long-termed schemes and plots against his colleagues in order to raise his chances of gaining the hoped-for promotion to Detective Inspector."

If the tapeworm narrative device sounds out there, it is (more on it here). But seeing how Trainspotting was well adapted by Danny Boyle and John Hodge, dead baby crawling on the ceiling and all, I can't imagine Baird leaving it out. A sequel to the book, entitled Crime, was released ten years later in 2008, centering around Detective Inspector Ray Lennox (which will be played by Jamie Bell in Filth) so this could turn into a double feature down the road. We'll be sure to let you know if that happens.

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Healthy! Filth is a ridiculously good book, even though the character horrible, there is something quite likeable about him. I wonder how they will deal with his worm that would appear in the book.

Crapola on Jan 20, 2012


Sweet dig Welsh, loved Acid House. This should be cool too

Guest on Jan 20, 2012


One of my favorites books of all times! I love its explicit and lewd nature. 

Terrible Reactor on Jan 20, 2012


I did work (supplied props) on this film in January 2012 and they still haven't paid me. The films accountant suggested I sue the director. These guys are going bust !!!!

Unpaid Supplier on May 10, 2012

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