FILTH storms into number one position in Scotland this weekend, taking just shy of £250,000. These figures triumphed past James McAvoy’s previous Scottish openings for “X Men: First Class” and “Wanted” and also surpassed “Trainspotting” which took £94,460 when released in 1996.
These figures indicate one of the largest openings of all time for a British film.
Filth was released in Scotland, last Friday, 27th September, a week ahead of the rest of the UK & Ireland. It is the film adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh of the same name.
Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?
James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) gives the performance of his career and he is joined by a fantastic cast, including Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Oscar winning actor, Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Joanne Froggatt (‘Downton Abbey’), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting), Eddie Marsan (The Illusionist), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), Shauna Macdonald (The Descent) and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York).
The film is written by Jon S. Baird who also directs and produced with Ken Marshall.