Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting was daring and unexpected in its portrayal of urban drug addicts, earning the director critical acclaim and paving the way for bigger things to come. Hollywood came knocking, but more often than not, Boyle chose his own path, telling the stories he wanted to tell.
With the Bollywood-inspired rags-to-riches drama Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Boyle nabbed his first Oscar and Golden Globe for directing and later received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the 2010 adventure film 127 Days.
Renton and his mates cope with the highs, lows and gritty realities of heroin addiction. But when Renton finally gets clean, he can't get away from his friends' nasty habits -- especially after they pull him into a lucrative but dangerous drug deal.