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Trivia / Shallow Grave

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  • Breakthrough Hit: For Danny Boyle.
  • California Doubling: Although the story is set in Edinburgh and they considered filming there, a grant of G¸150K from the Glasgow Film Fund tempted them westwards for the majority of the filming.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • In France, the film was released as Small Murders Between Friends.
    • In Sweden, it was released as Dödsleken ("The Game of Death").
  • Fake Scot: The Manchester-born Christopher Eccleston.
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  • No Budget: Such were the budgetary constraints on this shoot, the production had to auction off various props in order to raise enough money to buy essential film stock needed to complete the picture.
  • Real-Life Relative: Ewan McGregor's mother is one of the potential flatmates.
  • Sleeper Hit: It had a tiny budget, a cast of mostly unknowns and a first time director. It went on to become the highest grossing British film of 1995.
  • Star-Making Role: Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston were complete unknowns prior to this. In fact, Kerry Fox's presence actually got the film green-lit, as she was the only name actor in the main cast.
  • What Could Have Been: Robert Carlyle auditioned for David.
  • Write What You Know: Like Juliet, writer John Hodge is a doctor.

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