I have alienated two past partners with my affection for this film. I think this is in part due to the way it sways between sentimentality, bolshy humour and genuine menace - which, to me, is an accurate summation of boyhood. But perhaps you have to have some pity for Morell to truly love 'Romeo Brass'. Perhaps being male gives me the privilege of not finding him sexually threatening, allowing distance.
I love me some Paddy Considine, so I enjoyed his cinematic debut here. I'm also a fan of Meadows' This Is England series, the seeds of which seem to have been planted here. Both Vicki McClure and Andrew Shim figure large in TIE. Romeo Brass also foreshadows some themes of the first TIE, inc. an older male figure fraternizing w/ younger lads coming of age in working class England. Nice work from everyone involved.
Screenplays. Films are 'meant' to be something different. Preordained decisions should be be undermined, at least questioned. So much more can be enfolded from the spark-creating core of a visual experience as intense as a film. Why then should this enigmatic medium of expression be confined to any kind of border? Films should be reflected upon and considered with the same intensity with which it should be made.