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Essays book to look at rise of Meadows

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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A NEW book out later this year will examine the acclaimed work of Uttoxeter-born filmmaker Shane Meadows.

Shane Meadows: Critical Essays, is being published by Edinburgh University Press and is set for release in May.

The book is the first of its kind on the widely-admired filmmaker, who grew up in Westlands Road and attended Picknalls First School and Thomas Alleyne’s High School, and has used the town as inspiration for some of his most popular work.

According to the authors, the book will explore the full range of Meadows’ work, from his origins in ‘local no budget DIY media, through to international festival acclaim and multiple award wins’.

Over the course of its 14 chapters, it presents a comprehensive analysis of Shane Meadows’ career to date, situating it in the context of British cinema history, as well as wider cultural changes from the nineties to now.

The book has been written by three top academics in the field of film studies.

Martin Fradley has lectured at the University of Aberdeen and Manchester University, and is also a regular contributor to Film Quarterly.

Meanwhile the other two contributors to the book are Sarah Godfrey and Melanie Williams – both lecturers in film and television studies at the University of East Anglia.

The book is being sold as an essential read for students and scholars working in the field of British cinema.

In the introduction to the book, the three authors talk about the undoubted highlight to Meadows’ career so far, his Bafta victory.

They say: “If any one moment marked Shane Meadows’ indelible entry into the British cinema canon, it was the victory of This is England in the best film category at the 2008 BAFTA’s.

“Just as This is England was a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, this award ceremony victory represented a parallel ‘coming of age’ in Meadows’ filmmaking career.

“The film is best understood as the triumphant culmination of an already impressive and coherent body of work stretching back to the mid-1990s.”

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