Shane Meadows is a self-taught, British film-maker who hails from the Midlands in the UK. He was born in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK on the 26th of December 1972.
After dropping out of school before reaching his O-Levels, Shane originally had his sights set on becoming an infamous, criminal mastermind of legendary proportions.
Things did not go to plan.
After being caught buying a set of stolen, limited-edition John Lowe darts, and later admitting to stealing and eating an egg-custard tart from the local Sainsbury's, it was clear that he just wasn't cut out for the hardened criminal underworld.
The final straw came when the latest criminal charges against him were read out in court.
Laughter could be heard from both the gallery and the judge's bench when it was revealed that Mr Meadows stood accused of stealing a breast-pump from Boots the chemist.
After this final humiliation, Shane put his breast-pump pilfering days behind him and began to put his energy into film-making.
The first of Shane's short films to grab the attention of someone already in the film-industry was 'Where's The Money, Ronnie?'. Acclaimed producer Stephen Woolley was a member of the jury on the Channel One Short Film prize and was struck by this new, fresh and energetic film-making talent. Not only did Shane win the top prize but Stephen Woolley would later produce his feature film 'Twentyfour Seven' for which he raised a budget of £1.4 million.
The acclaim won by 'Where's The Money, Ronnie?' would lead to Shane being given his first commission which was to make a short documentary for Channel 4's 'Battered Britain' series.
The film was called 'King of the Gypsies' and was about bare-knuckle boxer Bartley Gorman who was also born in Uttoxeter and was a man that Shane had known for many years (watch King of the Gyspies on YouTube). A full length feature of Bartley Gorman's story is still a dream project that Shane hopes to make in the future.
Shane on his route into film-making and his early films.
Shane on two of his favourite films.
Shane on Martin Scorsese's 1973 film 'Mean Streets'.
Shane talks us through his filmography on the eve of the release of This Is England '86 back in 2015.