Three hardcore fans of Nottingham based lyrical-wizard and rap-artist Scorzayzee have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to record and produce Scorzayzees debut album.
Even if you only know Scorzayzee from Shane's 2009 film "Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee" you will be well aware of the talent that these hardcore fans are so keen to promote. Here's their opening explanation of the Kickstarter campaign;
"This is a story of extreme fandom; three die-hard Scorzayzee fans dedicating the past six months to manifesting the missing album from every hip hop head's collection.
Let's get Scorzayzee BACK into the studio to finally record the hip hop album that was never made!
With the short documentary below, the producers (Ste, Jack and Greg) hope to fill in the missing gaps and bring to light the journey of one of the most elusive yet revered, sought after and talented emcees this country has ever produced.
The campaign comes with a 12 minute short film that delves into the Scorzayzee story-so-far, and features contributions from high-profile fans including a certain Mr Meadows.
You can watch this Kickstarter Campaign video in the player below.
Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page HERE where you can find out all you need to know about the project along with all the info on the merchandise up for grabs for the various levels of backer!
Don't forget to spread the word!
On Twitter, the campaign is using the hashtag #KickStartScorz
26th August 2014
Teenage Cancer Trust auction the chance to be a part of This Is England '90!
UPDATE: This auction has now finished with a closing price of £2600 all of which will be going to the Teenage Cancer Trust!
You'll only have three days to get in on this bidding action, so pay attention to this announcent from Warp Films!
Tonight (August 26) at 10pm GMT, we will be releasing the live link to an eBay page for your chance to bid to be part of Shane Meadows and Warp Films final instalment of the This Is England TV series, which is filming in and around Sheffield next month (Sept 2014).
After creating a film already with the Teenage Cancer Trust charity earlier this year, Shane and Warp Films are offering the chance to help raise money for the charity which helps young people like Ellie, who featured in the charity's film, who is fighting cancer.
You can watch the film and learn more about Ellie's story on the Teenage Cancer Trust website HERE
I've waited until 10pm on August the 26th to post this so that I can include the eBay link right away! You'll find the auction HERE!
Oh, and incase you were not paying attention, This Is England '90 begins shooting in September in and around Sheffield!
28th June 2014
Irish Premiere of The Living Room with live performance by Gavin Clark.
For one night only, catch the exclusive Irish premiere of Shane's'
2009 documentary film 'The Living Room', charting the often poignant, sometimes comic relationship between Meadows and his long-time friend and music collaborator Gavin Clark. The evening will continue with a live performance from Gavin Clark (of UNKLE/Clayhill fame) accompanied by the much acclaimed Nick Hemming and Helen Whitaker of The Leisure Society.
Alongside The Living Room, Shane's short film "Northern Soul" (which features Gavin Clark performing the title track of the film) is also being screened.
For more information, and to book tickets for this event on the 18th of July, head on over the Button Factory website HERE.
16th April 2014
This Is England Blu-ray Steelbook Limited Edition available for pre-order.
A strictly limited edition of This Is England has recently been listed on the Zavvi website for pre-order.
This limited run features the film on Blu-ray and is presented in a newly designed Steelbook case.
The release date for this Steelbook Blu-ray is listed as the 31st of December 2014, but you might not want to risk leaving it too late to pre-order a copy because only 2000 are being made!
There are no mentions of any extra features, but hopefully it contains at least the same extra features as the regular Blu-ray release.
Head on over to the Zavvi website HERE to get pre-ordering.
THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE Just a quick note... the UK TV premiere of Shane's Stone Roses documentary will be on on Channel 4 on Saturday the 19th of April at 10:50pm
4th April 2014
Live Shane Meadows and Gavin Clark event coming in June!
For one night only, the Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre in London will host a celebration of both the music of Gavin Clark and the 20 year anniversary of Shane's first short film.
Shane Meadows introduces a personally chosen selection of his early short films, followed by a one-off exclusive screening of his legendary 2009 (and as yet unseen documentary) The Living Room about his long term friend and music collaborator Gavin Clark whose music inspired Shane's films.
The evening's screenings will be followed by a live music set featuring a selection of Gavin Clark's 20-year-spanning compositions. Performed by Gavin Clark (of course), Nick Hemming & Helen Whitaker (The Leisure Society) and Emma Fox.
Head on over to the Rich Mix website HERE for more info (and to read a great quote from Shane about Gavin's musical talents). Tickets for the event should go on sale on Monday 7th April.
OTHER STUFF One more interview with Shane and producer Mark Herbert about their Teenage Cancer Trust short film is now readable on the Little White Lies website HERE
Shane also makes an appearance on this months Think, Educate, Share podcast in which he talks about how Further Education played a role in launching him into his film-making career. You can listen to the podcast over on the TES website HERE.
25th March 2014
Shane and Mark Herbert's Teenage Cancer Trust short film
Screened yesterday at the annual Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, the seven minute short film directed by Shane and produced by Mark Herbert tells the personal stories of Amy & Ellie.
You can make a difference to the lives of young people with cancer. Text GIVE to 70500 to donate £5. http://bit.ly/teenagecancergigs
The Body Shop is matching donations to Teenage Cancer Trust between 24-30 March up to a total of £30,000
Teenage Cancer Trust receives 100% of your donation.
Texts cost £5 plus one standard message. Text donation help line 033 066 00425
Head on over to the Teenage Cancer Trust website HERE where you can read an interview with Shane and producer Mark Herbert about making this film.
UPDATE There is now another interview about this short film with Shane and Mark Herbert on the Hunger.tv website HERE
Plus you can watch Shane talking about the Teenage Cancer Trust cause over on YouTube HERE
6th March 2014
Gavin Clark compilation album "Beautiful Skeletons" coming soon (with bonus!)...
If you know Shane's films, then it's more than likely that you've heard the music of Gavin Clark.
From the very early days of Smalltime, Gavin's music has appeared in almost every one of Shane's projects since (including the entirety of the soundtrack for Somers Town)!
Here's the description of the release from the Club AC30 record label website (pay attention to the last two lines!):
"Beautiful Skeletons" is a 22 track collection of songs spanning nearly two decades from Gavin Clark, erstwhile player and songwriter in Sunhouse, Clayhill and musical collaborator with visual director Shane Meadows.
Released on 26th May as a double vinyl album, "Beautiful Skeletons" is a wonderful collection from the Gavin Clark songbook and has been collated by Shane Meadows from an original archive of some 290 songs that he has saved over their twenty year friendship. As he says himself ;
"Gavin Clark is the reason I gave up on my band and on any hopes of a career in music when I was 17 years of age. I heard him play one day in a friend's kitchen in Uttoxeter and the second he sang I quit. The songs maybe spread out over 20 years, but they are bound together by their simplicity, their honesty and most of all his voice. It's peerless and so is Gavin."
A short 40 minute visual accompaniment, "The Living Room" filmed by Gavin and Shane, depicting a sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing snapshot of the pair's friendship comes as a limited DVD with copies of the LP.
Were you paying attention? That's right, Shane's previously unreleased documentary short (well, if 40 minutes is short) "The Living Room" is being included in the package!
Head on over to the Club AC30 website HERE to get pre-ordering!
ALSO: Following on from Shane's win at the NME awards for Made of Stone, the NME have uploaded Shane's acceptance speech to YouTube. You can watch it in the player below!
27th February 2014
Shane wins NME award for his documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
The annual NME awards show took place last night at London's O2 Academy in Brixton, celebrating achievements in not only the world of music, but also in film and television too.
Shane's documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone took home the award for Best Music Film beating off five other nominess including the likes of Good Vibrations and Muscle Shoals.
With this news being so hot off the presses, the only photo I can currently find is being held to ransom behind terms-of-use and payment options. You'll just have to have sneak peek by looking at it HERE
UPDATE: The NME have now uploaded s short interview with Shane from after the awards ceremony in which he talks about making Made of Stone and very nearly hearing new Stone Roses material.
There's also a little piece of This Is England 90 information at the end of the interview...
This Is England 90 is being filmed during August and September of this year!
Well, that's what Shane says, so that must be the plan!
23rd January 2014
Shane promotes the launch of Notts TV
Launching in April, Notts TV will be a new local TV channel broadcasting on Freeview channel 8.
Notts TV will produce quality content that is directly relevant to the people who live, work and study in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.
To help raise awareness of the launch of this new channel, Shane and the Notts TV dog have created an amusing little advertisement which you can watch below.
The vision for Notts TV includes creating jobs, providing training and skills development opportunities, and invlolving local residents in the creation of content for the channel. For more information, visit the Notts TV website HERE
1st January 2014
Video Interview from the Beestonian Film Club... oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A really interesting (and amusing) interview with Shane appeared on YouTube last night uploaded by film critic Ali Catterall.
The interview runs for a full 45 minutes or so which is then followed by some of the intros Shane did before his short films screened on the night
The description below (taken from YouTube) explains the event further
"On Monday 11th November 2013, three miles outside Nottingham, in a little room above a vegetarian restaurant, the great British director Shane Meadows came and screened his near-legendary early short films (some for the first time) to a delighted audience of some 30 people, before talking about his life and work for over an hour.
Tickets for the event were a tenner a head (£5 concessions), with every penny going towards the Typhoon Haiyan? appeal."
Happy new year! Did you know, 2014 is the tenth anniversary of the release of Dead Man's Shoes... and this website!
18th November 2013
More Made of Stone interviews, plus special edition of British Film and TV Journal
Since the North American theatrical release of Made of Stone earlier this month, another short burst of interviews with Shane have appeared online. But before we get to the text based interviews, let's start with a nice little video interview that took place at the recent Virgin Media Shorts award ceremony. Shane was a member of the judging panel for the competition, so the interview covers the competition, but there's also some Made of Stone and This Is England talk too!
To coincide with Shane's involvement in the Virgin Media Shorts competition a couple of interviews with Shane about getting into film-making have also sprang up recently: HeyYouGuys.co.uk Telegraph.co.uk
The Journal of British Cinema and Television - Special Shane Meadows edition...
Now available from Edinburgh University Press is this special double issue of The Journal of British Film and Television, with over 50% of it's contents dedicated to the work of Shane Meadows.
Edited by Martin Fradley (thegooddoctor on the FORUM), Sarah Godfrey & Melanie Williams, the issue contains the following articles:
- "Introduction" (pp.823-828) – Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey and Melanie Williams
- "From Local Roots to Global Screens: Shane Meadows' Positioning in the Ecology of Contemporary British Film" (pp.829-845) - Jason Scott
- "‘I’m a casualty, but it’s cool’: 1990s British Masculinities and TwentyFourSeven" (pp.846-862)- Sarah Godfrey
- "Dead Man’s Shoes: Revealing the Subtext of the Lost Maternal" (pp.863-877) – Beth Johnson & Joe Andrew
- "‘Stick that knife in me’: Shane Meadows’ Children" (pp.878-889) – Vicky Lebeau
- "Masculinity, Nostalgia and Polishness in Somers Town" (pp.890-908) – Joanna Rydzewska
- "Shane Meadows and Associates: Selected LeftLion Interviews" (pp.909-924) - Jared Wilson
If that lot has got you interested, then the journal is available via subscription from the Edinburgh University Press website HERE. As it is an academic journal, it isn't available through any other channels at the moment. It may be worth checking whether your current place of education already has a subscription to the journal.
Keep a look out on Amazon and eBay, as individual issues do regularly appear, and you can guarantee that this issue is going to be quite a rarity for any Shane Meadows collector!
The ShaneMeadows.co.uk shop is now open for business! Have a leisurely browse through this Meadows flavoured emporium of DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs, and MP3s!
Click HERE to take a peek.
Follow the official ShaneMeadows.co.uk Twitter account which is run by the same person that runs this website (that'll be me, Dave. Hello). @ShadyMeadows
PaddyConsidine.co.uk is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the amazing British actor (as seen in Dead Man's Shoes and A Room For Romeo Brass.... and that's just the tip of the iceberg!)
Dean Rogers has been
the official on-set photographer for Shane's films since A Room
For Romeo Brass.
Click the image above to visit his site which features photos
from Dean's work on various other projects too.
This Is England '88 website at Channel 4
The site includes loads of great features including behind the
scenes and interview videos.
It also features the credits for the series (featuring the enitre list of music used in the seires)!