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17th Nov 2023

Dead Man’s Shoes, one of the best British films ever, is on TV tonight

Joseph Loftus

‘You were supposed to be a monster – now I’m the f***ing beast’

Originally released back in 2004, Shane Meadow’s, Dead Man’s Shoes, has cemented itself in the history books as a cult classic of British cinema.

The dark psychological thriller stars Paddy Considine as Richard, a former soldier in the British Army, who returns home to the Peak District to get even with the gang who humiliated his younger brother for years while he was gone.

The film was written by both Meadows and Considine as well as Paul Fraser, and stars Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch, and Stuart Wolfenden.

Despite its low budget, the film was instantly hailed as a masterwork by many critics. Writing for The Observer, Philip French described the film as: “A very skilful, superbly edited piece of moviemaking” while The Telegraph remarked that it was “not for the faint hearted”.

Since its initial release, the film has gone onto be featured in many lists of the greatest movies ever made and has solidified itself as an iconic work of English cinema.

And you can watch it tonight on Film4 at 10.50pm. Thank us later.