Shane Meadows

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Current favourite book I’m interested in history - I studied it at university - so I’m reading The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey Ward (...)

Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Chekhov once called for drama to be as naturalistic as possible by drawing one poignant example. “People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner,” he (...)

Helen Behan and Stephen Graham in Shane Meadows’s The Virtues.

Writer and director Shane Meadows is a little too good at his job. Thirteen years since the release of the Bafta-winning film This Is England, the dra(...)

Paddy Considine: “I thought maybe I was one of those guys like Alex Ferguson; that I’d be better in management than I was as a player. I felt very insecure about acting, so I thought I’d be happier behind the camera.” Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At first glance, Journeyman looks like another one of those appositely scrappy, noble British boxing films. Actor Paddy Considine’s second outing as a(...)

Einaudi has also scored nearly 30 projects since the late 1980s. Most notable among these are the scores to Shane Meadows’ heartbreaking ‘This Is England’ films and TV shows

“For my fingers they had me play and then stop only for five minutes because it was just too cold to go on,” says the pianist and composer Ludovico Ei(...)

Mark Rylance with his award for Best Actor at the Baftas in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

BBC Two’s period drama Wolf Hall was one of the big winners at this year’s British Academy Television Awards. The popular series, directed by Peter(...)

Headband alert: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Maggie Smith as Violet in 'Downton Abbey'

I’ve been watching season six of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey (Wednesday, TV3) and time is zipping by as is Fellowes’ wont. It is now the distant(...)

In the old days we circled our favourite shows in newspaper television listings (ask your grandparents about these) and made ourselves available by(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

Shane Meadows, whose 2007 film The Living Room, about musician Gavin Clark, is ‘about our friendship and relationship and seeing him trying to overcome a massive demon and perform live solo for the first time’

It’s time to take a look at one of Shane Meadows’s back pages. The English film director may be best known for such dark treasures as Dead Man’s Sh(...)

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