Best Shane Meadows Movies, Ranked


Ken Loach is considered the godfather of British realism, of capturing beauty in the ostensibly mundane, in (as Barton Fink would say) “the common man”; of Kes at I, Daniel Blake Loach locates the extraordinary in ordinary people. James Brown and John Lennon both had uncompromising stances on a fairer world and restoring power to the common man, as well as releasing songs called “Power to the People”, and through his films, Ken Loach manages to achieve these political goals. , socialist messages by giving the subjects of his films the same philosophy of never saying die, “stick it to the establishment”.

Presenting working-class life and stories through the art of film and in a way that is neither antagonistic nor condescending is a talent in itself, and naturally, it begs the question: who will be the next bearer? torch of social realism? At the movie theater ? Shane Meadows is naturally the obvious choice, a man who has proven time and time again his mastery of making poignant, meaningful and beautifully composed feature films about the proletariat and the struggles of the underclass. Provided he can translate his small-screen indie success to the big screen, he’s sure to become a household name in world cinema, not that the humble director from Nottingham, England, of course wants to…

Meadows is a true bastion of the British working class, with working class cultural characteristics constantly conveyed in its films, here are some of its best…


6 City of Somers

2008 City of Somers is another Meadows-directed film focused on a coming-of-age story, following two unlikely teenage friends, homeless Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) and aspiring Polish photographer Marek (Piotr Jagiello), the former moving in with Marek and his ignorance, alcoholic father. Turgoose once again delivers a brilliant performance well beyond its years, capturing the complex nature of the film with a subtle, unforced comedic sensibility.

5 Once upon a time in the Midlands

With the likes of Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans and Ricky Tomlinson, Once upon a time in the Midlands is a romantic drama set in, you guessed it, the Midlands (of England). A petty criminal returns to his old hometown to win back his ex and rebuild their relationship. With regular collaborator Paul Fraser in tow, Meadows’ film truly packs a comedic punch. As much as this quasi-western is stuffed with jovial tones, the sincerity of the character’s disposition is wholesome and discreet despite its extravagant nature.

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4 twenty four seven

Located in Nottingham, a stone’s throw from Meadows’ home town of Uttoxeter, twenty four seven is a recent black-and-white coming-of-age sports drama. Starring a fresh-faced and arguably less boring James Corden, it follows the bustling story of a desolate, soulless town filled with troubled but high-spirited people. The boxing gym was Alan Darcy’s (Bob Hoskins) salvation as a child, a respite from the harsh reality of his community. Spared from a life of crime and embezzlement, Alan embarks on his own form of rewards and creates his own boxing gym for today’s youth.

3 A bedroom for Romeo Brass

1999 A bedroom for Romeo Brass made his film debut directing Andrew Shim (Romeo Brass) and Paddy Considine (Morrell), spawning glittering careers in television and film, especially in Considine’s case. The film follows the story of childhood friends and neighbors Romeo and Gavin as they befriend a strange and creepy man, Morrell, who manipulates a suggestive Romeo and jeopardizes the couple’s friendship. . As is a common theme in Meadows films, A bedroom for Romeo Brass images of central England in all its tenacious, resolute and courageous glory.

2 Dead Man’s Shoes

Paddy Considine stuns in Meadows’ typically gritty psychological thriller Dead Man’s Shoes, in which Considine takes on the role of Richard, a former soldier who returns home seeking revenge after discovering the horrific truth behind the suicide of his disabled brother. Richard’s relentless pursuit of a local drug gang he holds responsible plays at the heart of the narrative, with recurring flashbacks of the build-up to Anthony’s untimely death.

Considine’s portrayal of a man blinded by rage and a meticulous obsession with revenge is a cinematic masterpiece. His anger is almost tangible when confronted by his brother’s killers, but he is guided by a remarkable discipline instilled by the military that helps him outsmart Sonny (Gary Stretch) and his crew of buddies. Richard’s constant mental conflict with acts of revenge, and that kind of self-loathing that holds himself partly responsible for Anthony’s demise, is a pervasive theme, with Richard experiencing real-time hallucinations of his lost brother. Dead Man’s Shoes is quite simply one of the most beautifully taut, brilliantly acted, and surprising films of recent years.

1 It’s England

In the unrefined North England context of 1983, It’s England is a story of friendship, belonging, identity and expulsion from an adopted myth. The film stars Thomas Turgoose as 12-year-old Shaun, burdened both by the death of his father during the Falklands War and by his bullies at school; as a result, Shaun attaches himself to a fun-loving group of late-teenage skinheads who welcome him into their clan, a warm, socially-acceptable, and mindless group led by Woody (Joe Gilgun) requires a change of Shaun obliging – shaving his head and adopting the fashion of a Fred Perry shirt, suspenders and Dr. Marten boots.

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The group is confronted by the force of evil in the form of Combo, (Stephen Graham), an ardent right-wing extremist whose radical views threaten to divide a skinhead assembly yearning for leadership, focus, and true identity. Through this sociopolitical turbulence, the impressionable Shaun is misled. Meadows’ depiction of an era defined by mass unemployment, civil unrest, and a population turning to more extreme ideologies in search of a solution is both touching and heartbreaking.

Meadows argued that he wanted to reflect the genuine, peaceful, and receptive nature of the skinhead subculture, not the racist label given to them, which really only reflected the actions and beliefs of a privileged few. It’s a perfect example of how Meadows brings humanity and empathy to misunderstood and often ignored human classes that have been screwed up by the politics of elitism and a bourgeois culture in general.


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