Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become. –IMDb
A rising star of British cinema, Shane Meadows is an English film director, screenwriter and occasional actor from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England.
Meadows dropped out of school before he reached his GCSEs because he was more interested in stealing with his friends than getting an education. He started off in Uttoxeter making short films with his friends and family, but without any film festivals in the area, they remained largely unseen. However, after one short was given a run in the local cinema, it soon became popular throughout the town.
Meadows enrolled on a Performing Arts course at Burton College, where he first met friend and future collaborator Paddy Considine. Amongst other things, they formed the band She Talks To Angels (inspired by a Black Crowes song of the same name), with Meadows as vocalist and Considine as drummer. Lead guitarist in She Talks To Angels was Nick Hemming, who was also a member of The Telescopes and now fronts The Leisure Society. read more
This movie is one of the best I've seen in recent years. The harrowing yet understated tone and feel of the movie, the terrifying and tragic turn by Considine, the awesome acting by Kebbell, the inspired soundtrack choices, the gritty and realistic setting. In my book this movie can do no wrong! A true five star experience.
I watched this film again today and discovered why I rate this so highly. Considine's performance is beautiful; he is seemingly caring with brother Antony then so brutal, terrifying and fearless in his vengeance. This film never fails to amaze me and the sound used is terrific in terms of setting the mood and tone for the film. Dead Man's Shoes is an easily achievable film which Meadows directs brilliantly.