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Shane Meadows On Shane Meadows
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"I was mortified by This Is England's 18 certificate because it was the first time in my life that I looked like getting some box office to help me get films made. Then [the BBFC] did that and I thought, 'I’m knackered.' But, weirdly, it became a cult classic because of it. It’s that whole thing of any news being good news. It ended up being used in schools and becoming one of the most important films of that time for kids to see, because it was the one film that actually reflected maybe what was going on in their lives and their schools. So I was petrified but weirdly it had the reverse effect. It became a success because they tried to stop it being seen. When will I let my son see it? It'll depend on him. I've met 12 year-old kids that are like 25 year-olds and I've met 18 year-olds that are like ten year-olds. I would say 14 or 15 is a perfect age to see it, because by that time you've probably witnessed some of the things go on in it a number of times in your own life."

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