Meeting with
Shane Meadows

BFM — 34
BFM — 34
06 March
2016
19.00
Bookshop – Piazza della Libertà – Bergamo

Shane Meadows, one of the protagonists of BFM 34 section Europe, Now! will meet the audience at the Bookshop in Piazza della Libertà.

The director will attend Bergamo Film Meeting from March 5 to 8.

After dropping out of school while still a teenager, English Shane Meadows (Uttoxeter, 1972) did a bit of everything: from assistant clown to trellis fitter to volunteer at a Film Centre in Nottingham. Borrowing a videocamera on the weekends and using his friends as actors, he shot one short film per month for an entire year. In 1995, Channel Four offered to produce his documentary The Gypsy’s Tale (1995) and the following year he directed and produced his first feature film, Small Time(1996). In 1997 Stephen Wooley, producer of The Crying GameThe Company of Wolves and Interview with the Vampire, hired him to write and direct Twenty Four Seven (24/71997), funded by the BBC. Filmed in black and white, the movie tells the story of an aging boxer (Bob Hoskins) and his attempts to help some lowlife small-town boys through boxing. It’s the first chapter of the so-called “Trilogy of the Midlands”, set entirely in the North of England, which earned him the FIPRESCI prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1998. The following feature, A Room For Romeo Brass (1999) is a dark comedy about the rites of passage from childhood to adulthood, which marks the film debut of actor Paddy Considine. The last film in the trilogy, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands , (2002) aims to be a comedic homage to the spaghetti western genre and was selected for the Quinzaine at the Cannes Film Festival of 2002. In 2004, the eccentric and award-winningDead Man’s Shoes, confirms the director as one of the most significant voices of British cinema. Meadows is known to the audience primarily for telling the story of a group of skinheads in the 80s through This Is England (2006), which became a three seasons long television series (This Is England ’86, 2010, This Is England ’88, 2011, This Is England ’90, 2015).Recently he shot Somers Town (2008) with Thomas Turgoose, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) with Paddy Considine and a tribute movie to the Stone Roses titled The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013). Heir to the tradition of realism in British cinema, Shane Meadows can be legitimately considered a full-fledged cult movie director.

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