Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is a 2002 British romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows, starring Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Ricky Tomlinson and Shirley Henderson. It is set in Nottingham, in the East Midlands region of England.


Set in Nottinghamshire, Dek (Rhys Ifans) proposes to his girlfriend Shirley (Shirley Henderson) on TV. When Jimmy (Robert Carlyle), "the great love of her life" and father of her daughter Marlene (Finn Atkins), sees this, he returns in an attempt to win back her heart. However, after deserting his friends in Scotland during an unsuccessful robbery of some clowns, his friends turn against him and come to the Midlands to try to track him down. In the end, Shirley refuses to go with Jimmy and professes her love for Dek; likewise, Marlene refuses to have anything to do with Jimmy, and accepts Dek as her father figure.

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    contentLocation Nottingham
    director Shane Meadows
    editor Peter Beston Trevor Waite
    events dysfunctional family
    genre comedy-drama
    keywords end father figure finn atkins robbery scotland
    musicBy John Lunn
    producer Andrea Calderwood
    publisher Film4
    theme romantic comedy