Recently on my podcast (first take film club), we covered Shane Meadows' This is England. We take movies one/two/all of us (out of three) haven't seen before and discuss them after a first viewing. Liam, one of the co-hosts, had never seen TIE before and was blown away. It got me thinking: what were your first thoughts the first time you watched one of his movies?
I first watched TIE but it lead me on to Sommers Town and Dead Man's Shoes. TIE may well have been a door opening to fans of Meadows' work.
Let me know what you think, and where I should go next re: Meadows' catalogue.
After I saw Hot Fuzz, I wanted to see more of Paddy Considine (whom I'd liked in Cinderella Man, and adored in In America before that); so in fairly quick succession (though I can't remember exactly which order), I bought 24 Hour Party People, My Summer of Love and DMS on DVD.
Being a Midwesterner -- raised in Iowa, living in "the midlands" of Nebraska -- I was initially intrigued by the UK Midlands setting of DMS, and I ended up finding it a deeply moving and powerful work. Later the same year, I would take my mom to see TIE in the theater (which was great), and request a region-free DVD player for Christmas just I could get A Room for Romeo Brass and Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort on Region 2 disc (both well worth it!) since they weren't available on R1.