Shane Meadows

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
While he flirted with the wrong side of the law as a teenager, Shane Meadows found his true calling when he borrowed a camcorder and started making short films with his friends as actors. After producing some 30 shorts ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1972 in Nottingham, England, GB

Filmography

Director (10)

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Somers Town 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

This is England 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Man's Shoes 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time In the Midlands 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

A Room for Romeo Brass 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Small Time 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

TwentyFourSeven 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Where's the Money Ronny? 1995 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This is England 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Man's Shoes 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once Upon a Time In the Midlands 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Room for Romeo Brass 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Small Time 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

TwentyFourSeven 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

This is England 2007 (Movie)

Chip Shop Owner (Actor)

Once Upon a Time In the Midlands 2003 (Movie)

Bingo Caller (Actor)

A Room for Romeo Brass 2000 (Movie)

Fish and Chip Shop Man (Actor)

Small Time 1998 (Movie)

Jumbo (Actor)

TwentyFourSeven 1998 (Movie)

Man with Saucepan on Head (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Producer (1)

Small Time 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

While he flirted with the wrong side of the law as a teenager, Shane Meadows found his true calling when he borrowed a camcorder and started making short films with his friends as actors. After producing some 30 shorts, he was tapped to helm the TV documentary "The Gypsy's Tale" in 1995. Meadows also wrote, produced, directed, edited and co-starred in the 60-minute film "Small Time" (1996), about a group of twentysomethings who survive by petty theft and their girlfriends who pass the time watching TV. Later that year, a retrospective of his work was featured at the Toronto Film Festival and his short "Where's the Money, Ronnie!" went on to earn a Channel One/NTF award in the short category. Produced Stephen Woolley was impressed enough to approach Meadows about producing a feature. The hyphenate had a script written for Bob Hoskins and once the actor viewed Meadows' videos and read the script, he signed on. The result was the acclaimed "TwentyFourSeven" (1997), shot in black and white, and centering on the efforts of a charismatic man who tries to rescue the dissolute youths of a town by opening a boxing club. Meadows then signed a two-year, two-picture deal with the newly formed Company Pictures. One of the projected projects was a Western set in Wales.

EDUCATION

Enrolled in a Performing Arts course at Burton Technical College, where he first met actor, Paddy Considine

Expelled from school for being disruptive

Milestones

2007

Wrote (also directed) a drama centred on young skinheads in early-1980s England, "This is England"

2006

Directed the thriller, "Dead Man's Shoes"

2002

Helmed a comedic homage to the Spaghetti Western genre, "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"

1999

Second feature, "A Room for Romeo Brass"; screened at Cannes (released theatrically in 2000)

1997

Feature directorial debut (also co-scripted) "TwentyFourSeven" starring Bob Hoskins and produced by Woolley

1996

Made short film "Where's the Money, Ronny!"; caught the attention of producer Stephen Woolley

1996

Produced (also edited, wrote, directed and acted) the 60-minute film "Small Time"

1995

Helmed the TV documentary "The Gypsy's Tale"

Raised in Uttoxeter, England

Formed Big Arty Productions

Began shooting videos with a borrowed camcorder, using his friends as actors

Signed to a two-picture deal with Company Pictures

Made over 30 short films

Bonus Trivia

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"I've had blind faith so far, without training, But I have thought of nothing else since childhood." - Shane Meadows on his success to the London Times, March 29, 1998

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About making films, Meadows told Sight and Sound (March 1998): "It's a lot easier than people tell you. You go to film school and it's six weeks of this and three weeks of that, and four weeks of the storyboard. It's a total load of bullshit. You have so much energy going in, but the end result is a lot of people think it takes forever to make a film and are waiting around for funding."

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"I got into trouble quite a bit as a kid, but I wasn't the greatest of criminals. Once I grew up, I realized I'd never have the ability to be a likable crook - a great train robber. The crimes I was involved in and the crimes that the people around me were involved in were pathetic." - Meadows to Details, April 1998

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