Just saw this in the free paper you get on buses and trains called Metro.
Wednesday 22nd March FilmFour 8pm: Such is the talent of writer/director Shane Meadows, that even his less successful films are enjoyable. Once Upon A Time In The Midlands was supposed to be his mainstream breakthrough, but it didn't quite happen. It is the story of Dek (Rhys Iffans) who proposes to his beloved Shirley (Shirley Henderson) on live TV. Her ex, Jimmy (Robert Carlisle) sees this and vows to win her back. Throw in Ricky Tonlinson as a country singer and Kathy Burke as his other half and you have a day-glo cast of lovable grotesques.
i know shane was dissapointed in it but i really like OUATITM i love the spaghetti western camera work on a housing estate,i think it's a shame there aren't more midlands accents in it but saying that i think rhys is ace in it and the little girl is amazing. still think once upon a time in the west midlands would have been a funnier title but thats not where shanes films are set so cest la vie. i would encourage everyone to give it another outing. the dvd is worth it's price for the 2nd disc alone
I also really like it. Rhys and Finn are both superb in it. Need to watch again sometime.... For those of you who don;t know Shane has spoke of a re-edit with a new soundtrack. Wonder if it'll ever happen...
Shane has spoke of a re-edit with a new soundtrack.
It'd be nice to see what the film would look like without being bastardised by the financers but I can't see it happening the amount of time it'd take off his schedule, I'd love to see it but I'd much rather see Le Donk, King of the Gypsies, Sweet Maria, Mary and I know it's not Shanes but I'm dying to see Paddys directorial Debut more than anything as a short filmmaker myself can't afford to get down to a festival anytime soon so I'll probably have to wait for it on DVD! any news on how Le Donk's gonna be released???
I am meeting Channel4 in a few weeks time and am planning to talk to them about about the most cost effective way of doing directors cut etc of Midlands. Even though I need a clone or two at the best of times, it is never too far from my list of things to do before I die.
A director’s cut, is this why it has been deleted from sale, as it would be a damn shame for the extras disk to be unavailable to collectors. The features not the worst film, I like the message behind it. Carlyle’s character reminds me of a friend of mine-they don’t mean any harm, but have no accountability for their actions. Was the Norah Jones and Sarah McCracken soundtrack an executive decision? As it doesn’t seem to ring true in a Meadows film.
Was the Norah Jones and Sarah McCracken soundtrack an executive decision? As it doesn’t seem to ring true in a Meadows film.
The main theme, is used too often throughout the film. Other than that, it's actually not a bad film. A helluvva lot better than a lot of the other 'Britcoms' that were falling off the conveyor belt at the time.
The suits didn't quite succeed in stripping out all of the soul and humanity with which Shane Meadows appears to effortlessly imbue everything he produces.