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Introduction: Shane's World

Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introductory chapter opens the book by positioning Shane Meadows in the landscape of contemporary British filmmaking before moving on to provide a brief career overview which emphasises the ... More


Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Since the attention-grabbing short film Smalltime (1996) and his debut feature Twenty Four Seven (1997), director Shane Meadows has emerged as arguably the most distinctive young film-maker in ... More


‘Al fresco? That's up yer anus, innit?’ Shane Meadows and the Politics of Abjection

Martin Fradley

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Shane Meadows' films are preoccupied with bodily functions, scatological humour and themes of social abjection. Rather than dismiss these bawdy comical interludes as deviations from the director's ... More


Structure and Agency: Shane Meadows and the New Regional Production Sectors

Jack Newsinger

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter takes a political economy approach to understand Shane Meadows' development as a filmmaker. By focussing on the institutional-industrial contexts of regional production, it is argued ... More


‘Shane, don't film this bit’: Comedy and Performance in Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee

Brett Mills (ed.)

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee as a comic film that uses documentary form. The film is a mockumentary, in which Meadows plays himself, but other performers play fictional characters. ... More


Twenty-first-Century Social Realism: Shane Meadows and New British Realism

David Forrest

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter seeks to locate Shane Meadows work within broader traditions of British social realism. With references to the British documentary tradition of the 1920s and 1930s, the British New Wave ... More


‘An object of indecipherable bastardry – a true monster’: Homosociality, Homoeroticism and Generic Hybridity in Dead Man's Shoes

Clair Schwarz

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Shane Meadows's approaches to genre, arguing that hybrid forms of film type are employed in order to underscore the elements of myth which are evident in his work. In ... More


A Message to You, Maggie: 1980s Skinhead Subculture and Music in This is England

Tim Snelson and Emma Sutton

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details how Shane Meadows' This Is England mediates the 1980s through a nostalgic rendering of subcultural resistance via key iconographic and musical cues. In so doing, the film and the ... More


No More Heroes: The Politics of Marginality and Disenchantment in TwentyFourSeven and This is England

Jill Steans

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter it is argued that both This is England and Twenty Four Seven (1997) engage with themes of political disenchantment, thus speaking to the political zeitgeist of time and place. The ... More


Social Realism continued: some key re-inventions

Martin Sohn-Rethel

in Real to Reel: A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780993071768
eISBN:
9781800341944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780993071768.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses a range of highly diverse examples of 'social realism' — each offers new ways of expressing 'how things really are'. It considers social realism in the films of Shane Meadows, ... More


Changing Spaces of ‘Englishness’: Psychogeography and Spatial Practices in This is England and Somers Town

Sarah N. Petrovic

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers an analysis of two Shane Meadows films, This is England and Somers Town, in terms of their representation of space (physical, social and mental), engaging with psychogeography and ... More


‘Now I'm the monster’: Remembering, Repeating and Working Through in Dead Man's Shoes and TwentyFourSeven

Paul Elliott

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Twenty Four Seven and Dead Man's Shoes share a temporal structure; both films span three distinct time frames: a distant past, that is symbolised by childhood memory and signified by degraded film ... More


Is This England ′86 and ′88? Memory, Haunting and Return through Television Seriality

David Rolinson and Faye Woods

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A preoccupation with real or symbolic father-figures is perhaps the dominant thematic trope in Shane Meadows' films. Often associated with the so-called ‘crisis of masculinity’, this emphasis on ... More


After Laughter Comes Tears: Passion and Redemption in This is England ′88

Robert Murphy

in Shane Meadows: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748676392
eISBN:
9780748693856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay analyses the complex thematic patterning of This is England '88, where Meadows explores crises in the lives of his central characters Lol, Woody and Shaun. He uses music, montage and ... More


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