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“Filth” Shooting Begins Today

Written by Celyn on January 23 2012

Principal photography on feature film Filth, written and directed by Jon S. Baird (Cass) is officially announced today. James McAvoy (Arthur Christmas), Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre) star.

Shooting the film based on the best-selling novel by Irvine Welsh has commenced in Glasgow, Scotland as well as on location in Sweden, Belgium and Hamburg.

McAvoy plays the leading role of Bruce Robertson, a corrupt Scottish police officer and cocaine addict who has to solve a brutal murder case with an ambitious colleague, mentee-cum-sidekick, Ray Lennox (Bell). Bruce flees from, his sexual endeavors eventually backfiring and his various short or long-termed schemes and plots against his colleagues in order to secure the hoped-for promotion to Detective Inspector.

Poots will be playing Amanda Drummond, a colleague of Bruce’s.

Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, best known for his novel Trainspotting, also co-wrote a script with Baird. Baird commented:

Filth is filled with irreverent comedy and some extremely surreal moments, but ends with a sharp twist of poignancy. The character of Bruce Robertson has to show such a wide range that it could only take an actor as talented as James McAvoy (pictured) to pull it off with the necessary charm and humanity.

Producer Marshall added:

Bruce Robertson is not only a guilty pleasure, but a character edgier than all the other characters from Irvine Welsh’s works combined. With Filth we have the chance to make a bold and outrageous film that I have no doubt will be unique, darkly funny and ultimately commercial.”

Lionsgate will be releasing Filth.