Smalltime

  • 18
  • Shane Meadows (1996)
  • UK
  • 58 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

It was TwentyFourSeven that propelled Nottingham director Shane Meadows into the mainstream, but this earlier work, made on half a shoestring, is a welcome introduction to his raw, gritty and amusing universe. By turns amateurish and professional, funny and depressing, it follows the lives of a bunch of small-time crooks (all wearing the most ridiculous cheap wigs) whose botched attempts at crime make an art form out of incompetence. This sickly sweet-and-sour suburban satire is touching in a grotesque way.

Plot Summary

A gang of inept small time crooks carries out a series of disastrous attempts to get rich. The leader of the group begins to worry he is losing the respect of his sidekicks, while one gang member risks losing his girlfriend for spending too much time on his life of crime. Comedy drama, directed by and starring Shane Meadows. With Mat Hand and Dena Smiles.

Cast and crew

Cast

Malc
Mat Hand
Kate
Dena Smiles
Jumbo
Shane Meadows
Ruby
Gena Kawecka
Willy
Jimmy Hynd
Bets
Leon Lammond
Lenny the Fence
Tim Cunningham
Mad Terrance
Dominic Dillon

Crew

Director
Shane Meadows

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Electric Pictures 2 Ltd.
Guidance: 
Contains swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Distributor:
BFI Video
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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