UK, 1996 (MIFF 1997, International)
Director: Shane Meadows
This gangling portrait of a group of thieving losers is imbued with an infectious, laddish humour and writer/director/actor/producer Shane Meadows' genius for character observation. Male and Jumbo, best mates from Nottingham, are not exactly the sharpest pencils in the box. The boys and their motley crew see themselves as latterday highwaymen: dogfood, crab-sticks. bikes with missing wheels - they'll steal anything not nailed down.
Although the gang consider themselves master criminals, in reality they spend most of the time boozing, drugging and planning harebrained heists. Their partners sit at home in front of the tube gossiping about the sexual prowess (or lack thereof) of the boys in their absence. When Male receives an ultimatum from his wife, he finds that extricating himself from his bungling buddies is far more difficult that he could imagine.