After dropping out of school, Shane Meadows tried a variety of jobs, including a clown’s assistant, before borrowing a camcorder and making a short film every month for a year.
UK film producer, Stephen Woolley, saw Shane’s eclectic mix of films and signed him to write and direct the popular film 24/7. Starring Bob Hoskins in his ill-fated attempt to help a disaffected group of youths, 24/7 picked up many top film festival awards.
Preferring to stay in England, Shane turned down Hollywood offers in order to continue his Midland trilogy with the highly acclaimed cult film, A Room for Romeo Brass. The final film was the comedy Once Upon A Time in The Midlands, selected at the Cannes Film Festival and released in America.
In 2004 Shane teamed up again with writer Paddy Considine for Dead Man’s Shoes, described as “an outright masterpiece” (The Telegraph) and “Brilliant” (Uncut).
2007 saw the successful release of This is England, which has been nominated for two BAFTA awards. In Somers Town Shane collaborates once again with the talented young star of This is England, Thomas Turgoose.