Shane Meadows' gripping and grisly revenge thriller world premiered at EIFF 2004. Now it’s back in town.
Dir. Shane Meadows / United Kingdom / 2004 / English
Two figures arrive in an unnamed Derbyshire town. Richard (Paddy Considine) has spent seven years in the army, and his younger brother Anthony has been mistreated by a local gang. Richard will make them pay. And then some. If Trainspotting made UK filmmaking cool in the 1990s, Dead Man’s Shoes did the business in the early 2000s, the poster and soundtrack suddenly ubiquitous, and the performance of co-writer Paddy Considine becoming iconic. Almost two decades on, Dead Man’s Shoes still proves a riveting watch, and its influence continues to resonate with filmmakers. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Shane Meadows’ work back to the big screen.
Kate Taylor, Programme Director
Shane Meadows will be in attendance at this special screening, alongside producer Mark Herbert.
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Director: Shane Meadows
Raised in Uttoxeter, England, Shane Meadows dropped out of school as a teenager. Disillusioned with the educational system, Shane volunteered at a local film centre in Nottingham and learned the craft of filmmaking. After producing a short film every month for a year, he was approached to direct the TV documentary The Gypsy’s Tale (1995). Meadows also wrote, produced, directed, edited and co-starred in the 60-minute film Small Time (1996).
After Stephen Woolley, producer of Interview With A Vampire, saw Shane’s eclectic mix of short films, he signed Meadows to write and direct the BBC-financed 24/7 (1997). The film won him the FIPRESCI award at the 1998 Venice Film Festival as well as many other festival prizes.
Turning down offers from Hollywood, Meadows opted to complete his Midlands trilogy with A Room For Romeo Brass (1999), a dark and comic rites-of-passage story featuring an impressive debut performance from Paddy Considine, and Once Upon A Time In The Midlands, Meadows’ comedic homage to the Spaghetti Western. This film was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
Writers: Paddy Considine, Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows
Producers: Mark Herbert, Louise Knight, Barry Ryan, Tessa Ross, Peter Carlton, Steve Beckett, Will Clarke
Cast: Paddy Considine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch
Distributor: Blue Finch
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Photo: Toby Kebbell (Anthony) and Paddy Considine (Richard) in Dead Man's Shoes.
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