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The Scorsese of the Midlands

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This is England ’86, the television series sequel to the film This Is England by director Shane Meadows will broadcast in the UK next week. Meadows started his career with a number of ultra-cheap short films on borrowed equipment, a couple of which have found there way onto the internet.
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August 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

This Is England

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Skinhead

Skinhead

I’ve been following Shane Meadows’ career since he first feature Twenty-Four Seven. Last year there was talk of his next film being some skinhead flick set in the 80s. That sounded interesting — all his films had been worth seeing even a relative dud like Once Upon A Time In The Midlands — but I wasn’t prepared for just how brilliant his latest was going to be. This is his best film by far and the best British film for some time.

It’s set back in the 80s – and right from the off, with a clip of Roland Rat filling the screen it’s going to be a certain type of 80s, an ITV 80s with Knight Rider and Blockbusters. A bit different for me – I was more a BBC lad but the rough Midland’s council estate that Shaun, the films’ main protagonist, rides his bike through strikes close to home – Yuppies are a long way from here; this is other side of the Thatcher ‘economic miracle’ Read the rest of this entry »

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July 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm