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Once upon a Time in the Midlands

Fortnight 2002, Feature film, 1h44


Dek and Shirley live together with 12 year-old Marlene, her daughter by the sexy, delinquent Jimmy who went off into the badlands of Glasgow years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. Decent-but-dull Dek loves Shirley so much that he humiliates her by proposing without warning on national television. Like everyone else Shirley has ever met, Jimmy is watching when she turns Dek down on TV and he returns to town, determined to win her back. Shirley seems destined to succumb to Jimmy’s charms, but he hasn’t reckoned on the obstacles: their daughter Marlene, his sister Carol, her estranged husband Charlie, their sons Emerson and Lake, Carol’s daughter Donna, her boyfriend Donut. Nor could he anticipate the heroic, last-minute challenge from mild-mannered, love-sick Dek.


Shane Meadows

Born in 1972, Shane Meadows attended photography courses at the Nottingham Art College and began making short films in 1994 persuading his family and friends to appear in his anarchic comedies. His touching, funny stories and knockabout social realism soon attracted the attention of critics and festival programmers. TwentyFourSeven his first feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1997 where it won the Fipresci critics’ prize for Best First Feature and lots of other prestigious awards. Shane’s second feature, the critically acclaimed A Room for Romeo Brass premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and launched the acting careers of Paddy Considine and Andrew Shim.

Kathy Burke
Rhys Ifans
Ricky Tomlinson
Robert Carlyle
Shirley Henderson

Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows

Brian Tufano

Catherine Hodgson

Peter Beston, Trevor Waite

John Lunn

Set decoration
Crispian Sallis

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