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Fifteen years on from its premiere at EIFF 1994, we look at the impact of Danny Boyle's debut feature, Shallow Grave, which receives a special anniversary screening at this year's Festival.

Do you remember the premiere of Shallow Grave at the 1994 Festival? Whether you were present or not, it would have been diffcult to predict the impact that Danny Boyle's thriller would have on British, and world, cinema, which is why EIFF is celebrating the film with a digitally restored special screening - one of our Homecoming Scotland events.

The film launched many careers, perhaps most notably that of Oscar-winner Boyle. The diminutive director has bounced back-and-forth between the UK and US, with Trainspotting, Sunshine and, of course, Slumdog Millionaire among his triumphs.

Boyle's direction was outstanding in Shallow Grave, and an indication of things to come, as he showed Edinburgh in a new light on a tight budget.

And what of the central trio of actors? Ewan MacGregor is now one of Hollywood's leading men, effortlessly moving between the flawless arthouse work of Young Adam and the blockbusting Star Wars prequels.

Christopher Ecclestone has combined working on features for David Cronenberg and Michael Winterbottom with a stint as Dr Who, while Kerry Fox is an internationally respected actress, who picked up a prestigious Silver Bear at the 2001 Berlinale for her performance in Intimacy.

If that wasn't enough, producer Andrew MacDonald has racked up production credits with Boyle and on other award-winning films, including The Last King of Scotland and The History Boys.

It's hard to think of a British film of the last 30 years which has acted as such a significant springboard to success as Shallow Grave.

The special screening, which will be attended by Kerry Fox and Andrew MacDonald, gives the 2009 audience the chance to reminisce or experience this superior thriller for the first time at EIFF.

Shallow Grave: 15th Anniversary Digital Restoration Screening takes place on 19 June at Cineworld.

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