Why is it, I always leave it until last minute to write a post for this? It means I end up getting myself in a big tizzy because I can’t decide on the theme and I panic.
Silly Hannah. Must Try Harder at Organising Yourself.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who took part last week – it topped the first week’s number of entries! I’m really enjoying writing this meme, but find it incredibly difficult sometimes, whittling films down to just one.
So, for a change this week, I want to focus on something still movie-related but from a different angle. From behind the camera.
This week’s theme is Directors
Who is your favourite director? What film(s) are the reason why you love this director so much?
I have a few favourites in all fairness, e.g. Christopher Nolan & Guillermo del Toro to name a couple, but one shouts out at me every time. I love a good British film, so I’m a big big fan of this man.
He’s done so many fabulous films, that I recommend you all to go out and watch right this instant if you haven’t seen them already. Well, not necessarily right this instant, but pretty darn pronto.
He was born in 1972 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire (another reason why I like him, because I grew up up the road from there!). The majority of his films are set in the West Midlands and he has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film. In 2006, his 7th film won the British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film.
Had enough trivia yet?
His name is Shane Meadows, and although his film “This Is England” won him the award in 2006, it’s the film that was the reason for his BAFTA nomination that is my favourite film by him.
That film goes by the name of Dead Man’s Shoes, and oh my god, what a film. Released in 2004, it’s a psychological thriller that not only has a fantastic storyline, with a bit of deranged sadism, it’s a bit disturbing to watch, but is also darkly funny and also brought tears to my eyes.
It’s about a young lad who’s mentally-impaired, called Anthony (Toby Kebbell), and his older brother, Richard (Paddy Considine – LOVE HIM), who has just returned home after being away with the military. He returns to get even. He returns to protect his brother.
It’s a film about revenge. Revenge on a group of men who abused Anthony because of his handicap, with the opening line of the film being absolutely fantastic:
“God will forgive them. He’ll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can’t live with that”
Yes, it can be brutal at times, but for good reason. Richard’s deranged vengeance is grim, but when you see the thugs he has it in for, and why he is exacting revenge, you understand why. There’s not much more I can say without giving bits away, but it’s an absolutely brilliant film.
It’s not just the storyline, but it’s the raw talent, the fabulous acting, the self-improvised script and the authenticity of some of the characters that make this film what it is. It’s the lack of effects, the low budget and the good old British humour/accent/weather that to me, stamp all over Hollywood blockbusters.
As for Shane Meadows, he’s done some other fabulous films – the aforementioned This Is England (which later had a small TV series made under Meadows’ guidance) and Once Upon a Time In The Midlands are both well worth watching too, as are A Room for Romeo Brass and Somers Town.
Check him out. Seriously. He’s awesome.
So who’s your favourite director, and the film you remember them for?
Can’t wait to see your posts! Just link them with the magical linky thing – as always, the link is open for just over a week!