Richard has always looked after his little brother Anthony. But when Richard enlists in the army, Anthony starts hanging out with the wrong crowd, headed by small-time drug dealer Sonny. When Richard returns, Sonny and his hoods don’t take him seriously, but they are making a mistake – Richard wants to settle all old accounts.
Shane Meadows (b. 1972) is born and raised in Nottingham in the Midlands, Great Britain, where all his films take place. Meadows is essentially a self-trained screenwriter and director. In 1996 he wrote, directed and starred in SMALL TIME, a film that gave him the opportunity to direct 24/7 for the BBC, which won the FIPRESCI prize in Venice in 1998. Meadow's later films all treat the same subject: small-time crooks who get into a lot of trouble because of some stupid mistake. In A ROOM FROM A BRASS (1999) Meadows offered a role to colleague Paddy Considine, who also stars in DEAD MAN’S SHOES. Meadows has also made the biting comedy ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS.