Shane Meadows shot Small Time in 1996. Using friends as actors and borrowing equipment from an independent media centre in Hockley - Nottingham.
He just started making films!
This was inspirational for me, the idea that someone could just start making films...Untrained? without any qualification?
What Shane did was make film making accessible to anyone. Remember this was before digital!
'Small Time' was filmed in and around Sneinton in Nottingham. At the time i drank in the Fox pub, which is featured in the film.
After his success with short films he attracted the attention of important people.
24/7 staring Bob Hoskins was financed because of Bob Hoskins.
It had minor success and soon the Shane potential was on a roll...
'Once upon a time in the Midlands' had every talented British Actor in it... (see clip left x)
But it wasn't Shane, and I would argue lacked the rawness of his earlier low budget work.