By Matt Singer and Alison Willmore
[Photo: “This Is England,” IFC First Take, 2007]
You may remember Shane Meadows from last year’s revenge drama “Dead Man’s Shoes.” No? How about spaghetti western spoof “Once Upon a Time in the Midlands”? Gritty sagas “TwentyFourSeven” and “A Room for Romeo Brass”?
While Meadows may yet to have made his breakthrough in the US, in his native UK the 34-year-old director has cemented his place as the brightest young talent in British cinema. His newest film, “This Is England,” is the autobiographically informed story of a fatherless boy who finds companionship and eventual heartbreak when he falls in with a group of skinheads just as the movement becomes aligned with the National Front. We caught up with Meadows at the Tribeca Film Festival, where “This Is England” made its US premiere.
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