Frequently cited as one of the best British filmmakers working today, BAFTA – winning director & screen writer Shane Meadows has been responsible for a slew of intense, gritty and modern classics including, A Room For Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes, This is England, This is England 86 and This is England ’88.
His first feature with Warp Films, the Genre-defying Dead Man’s Shoes, was hailed by some as a landmark in British Cinema. The film won the Hitchcock D’Or at Dinard Film Festival, was Nominated for a BAFTA and won the prestigious Southbank Show Award for Best Film. It quickly gained rave reviews, attain cult classic status. It has since been rated as one of the best British films in the last 25 years by the Guardian.
His next film, This is England, won numerous international festival awards, Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards, Best British Film at BAFTA. Many critics called it the “best film of the year” and it has since gone on to sell 875,000 DVDs in the UK. In September 2010 a follow up to the film, This is England ’86 debuted on Channel 4 to 3.7 million people, setting record viewing figures for a Channel 4 drama debut. The series has been widely critically acclaimed. “Possibly the greatest UK television programme of a generation” – NME, “Astonishingly good” – The Telegraph. In December 2011 This is England ’88, the second series aired on Channel 4 as their highest audience figures for a drama and won a 2012 Television BAFTA for Best Mini Series.