12 MARCH 2007
THE SOUTH BANK SHOW:
SUNDAY 29 APRIL 2007
THE SOUTH BANK SHOW takes
an exclusive look at one of Britain's leading independent film directors SHANE
MEADOWS. His films have included Once Upon A Time in the Midlands,
TwentyFourSeven, A Room For Romeo Brass and the phenomenal hit,
Dead Man's Shoes, which won numerous prizes including Best Film at THE
SOUTH BANK SHOW AWARDS in 2005.
Few directors have tapped into
their damaged roots as consistently or as brilliantly as SHANE MEADOWS.
His ability to make an original screenplay from the tiniest of budgets has made
him one of Britain's finest guerrilla film-makers. Through him, THE
SOUTH BANK SHOW has a rare insight into what life is like for British independent
film-makers, and the current state of the British film industry.
In Spring 2007, SHANE
is releasing his next feature This
Is England which is a rites of passage story based on an 11
year old boy growing up in Uttoxeter,
in the early 80s, who joins a gang of skinheads and becomes involved in the
rise of the National Front.
MELVYN BRAGG travels to
the Midlands to the set of This Is England and talks to SHANE
about his childhood as a skinhead, the making of This Is England, his
filming processes and the persistent themes that penetrate his films.
The documentary will also include exclusive footage from SHANE's early
shorts and reveal the unique relationship between SHANE and 15 year old
Thomas Turgoose, the lead in This Is England.
Contributors include: Thomas Turgoose,
Shaun in This Is England; Stephen Graham, Combo in This Is England;
Stephen Woolley; Bob Hoskins; Ken Loach; Tessa Ross - Film Four; Mark Herbert,
Producer of This Is England; Paul Fraser, co-writer.
Still leading the way, THE
SOUTH BANK SHOW is the first ITV1 programme to be available on the internet
in both podcast (audio) and vodcast (video) format at www.itv.com/southbank
Presented and edited by Melvyn Bragg
Produced and directed by Roz Edwards.