Shane Meadows (1996)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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
Director Shane Meadows
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Electric Pictures 2 Ltd.Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy