A Room for Romeo Brass

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A Room for Romeo Brass
UK Theatrical Poster
Directed by Shane Meadows
Produced by George Faber
Written by Paul Fraser,
Shane Meadows
Starring Andrew Shim
Ben Marshall
Paddy Considine
Vicky McClure
Music by Nick Hemming
Cinematography Ashley Rowe
Edited by Paul Tothill
Distributed by Alliance Atlantis Communications (Canada)
Release dates 23 August 1999 (UK)
Running time 90mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English

A Room for Romeo Brass is a 1999 British comedy drama film directed and written by Shane Meadows. It was co-written by frequent Meadows collaborator Paul Fraser. Filming began in September 1998.

The film stars Andrew Shim as Romeo Brass, Ben Marshall as Gavin Woolley and Paddy Considine as Morell. It marked the screen debut of Considine, who went on to star in Meadows' 2004 film, Dead Man's Shoes. It was nominated in three categories at the 1999 British Independent Film Awards.


The film follows two 12-year-old boys; Romeo and his best friend Gavin. Gavin has a serious spinal problem for which he has to undergo surgery. The story follows them as they undergo a tumultuous period in their childhood. After saving them from a beating, Morell befriends the two boys and takes a liking to Romeo's older sister, Ladine Brass. However, when Gavin plays a practical joke on Morell to make him look foolish in front of Ladine, things turn sour for the pair. In retaliation, Morell attempts to drive a wedge between the two best friends in order to keep them apart thus ensuring he stays close to Romeo and Ladine. But when Ladine rejects Morell's advances he becomes increasingly violent towards Romeo, Gavin, and all around them.



"A Message to You Rudy" Written by Robert Livingstone Thompson Performed by The Specials

"O Maria" Written by Beck Performed by Beck

"Dead Melodies" Written by Beck Performed by Beck

"Corpses in Their Mouths" Written by Ian Brown, A. Ibrahim Performed by Ian Brown

"Jesus Walking" Written & Performed by Nick Hemming as The Leisure Society

"Matty Groves" Traditional Arranged by Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Simon Nicol, Dave Swarbrick Performed by Fairport Convention

"Twenty Five Miles" Written by Malcolm Starr, Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Jerry Wexler, Bert Berns Performed by Edwin Starr

"Move It on Over" Written & Performed by Hank Williams

"Stolen Car" Written by Beth Orton, Sean Food, William Blanchard Performed by Beth Orton

"John Lee" Written by Dave Swarbrick Performed by Fairport Convention

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Written by Andrew Loog Oldham, Dave Skinner Performed by P.P. Arnold

"Don't Forget Your Shovel" Written by Christie Hennessy Performed by Christy Moore

"Civvy Street Fiasco" Written by Stephen Lawrie Performed by Unisex

"Fox in the Snow" Written & Performed by Belle & Sebastian

"5,6,7,8" Written by Steve Crosby, Barry Upton Performed by Steps

"Colours" Written by Donovan Performed by Donovan

"Listen Here" Written & Performed by Eddie Harris

"If This Is Love" Written by Gavin Clarke Performed by Sunhouse

"Going Down" Written by Ian Brown, John Squire Performed by The Stone Roses

"Everywhere" Written by Greg Trooper, Ed Griffin Performed by Billy Bragg

"After Midnight" Written & Performed by J. J. Cale


1999 British Independent Film Awards


Best British Film
Best Director (Shane Meadows)
Best Original Screenplay (Shane Meadows & Paul Fraser)

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