Danny Boyle

Shallow Grave

Shallow Grave

The diabolical thriller Shallow Grave was the first film from director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge (the smashing team behind Trainspotting). In it, three self-involved Edinburgh roommates—played by Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, and Ewan McGregor, in his first starring role—take in a brooding boarder, and when he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all. Macabre but with a streak of offbeat humor, this stylistically influential tale of guilt and derangement is a full-throttle bit of Hitchcockian nastiness.

Film Info

  • Danny Boyle
  • United Kingdom
  • 1994
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #616

Special Features

FILMMAKER-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Brian Tufano, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one by director Danny Boyle and the other by screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald
  • New interview piece featuring actors Christopher Eccleston, Kerry Fox, and Ewan McGregor
  • Digging Your Own Grave, a 1993 documentary by Kevin Macdonald on the making of the film
  • Andrew Macdonald and Kevin Macdonald’s video diary from the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, where they shopped around the script for Shallow Grave
  • Shallow Grave trailer and Trainspotting teaser
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Philip Kemp

New cover by Josh Cochran, Meredith Jenks, and Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

FILMMAKER-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Brian Tufano, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: one by director Danny Boyle and the other by screenwriter John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald
  • New interview piece featuring actors Christopher Eccleston, Kerry Fox, and Ewan McGregor
  • Digging Your Own Grave, a 1993 documentary by Kevin Macdonald on the making of the film
  • Andrew Macdonald and Kevin Macdonald’s video diary from the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, where they shopped around the script for Shallow Grave
  • Shallow Grave trailer and Trainspotting teaser
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Philip Kemp

New cover by Josh Cochran, Meredith Jenks, and Eric Skillman

Shallow Grave
Cast
Kerry Fox
Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston
David Stephens
Ewan McGregor
Alex Law
Ken Stott
Detective Inspector McCall
Keith Allen
Hugo
Colin McCredie
Cameron
Peter Mullan
Andy
Leonard O'Malley
Tim
Robert David MacDonald
Lumsden
Tony Curren
Travel agent
John Hodge
D. C. Mitchell
Credits
Director
Danny Boyle
Producer
Andrew Macdonald
Writer
John Hodge
Director of photography
Brian Tufano
Executive producer
Allan Scott
Editing
Masahiro Hirakubo
Music
Simon Boswell
Production design
Kave Quinn
Costume designer
Kate Carin
Production manager
Sara Barr
Title music
Leftfield
Sound mixer
Colin Nicolson
Sound editor
Nigel Galt
Paintings
Stephen Conroy

From The Current

The Look of Shallow Grave
The Look of Shallow Grave

Few movies feel as cold-blooded as Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, a fact attributable as much to its striking and sinister visual approach as its bleak downward spiral of a plot and amoral main characters. In this clip from an interview included in o…

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jun 14, 2012
Shallow Grave: A Film Called Cruel
Shallow Grave: A Film Called Cruel

Tasteful British cinema got a refreshing dose of amorality with Danny Boyle’s stylish and violent tale of greed and paranoia.

By Philip Kemp

On Film / Essays — Jun 13, 2012