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Shane Meadows to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture

17 November 2023

BAFTA award-winning director, writer and producer Shane Meadows, will deliver the David Lean Lecture on 5 December 2023. It is the arts charity’s headline annual address to the industry and those considering a career in the screen arts.  

Shane Meadows’ prolific and acclaimed body of work offers nuanced and ambiguous explorations of everyday life in Britain. A self-taught, British filmmaker from the Midlands in the UK, he is perhaps best known for cult film This Is England (2006) and its three sequels (2010–2015)

His feature credits include Smalltime, Twenty Four Seven, Dead Man’s Shoes, A Room for Romeo Brass and Somers Town. His television credits include series This Is England 86’, This Is England 88’, This Is England 90' and limited series, The Virtues - starring Stephen Graham. 

He also directed the documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and music videos for Liam Gallagher’s ‘Come Back to Me’ and Jake Bugg’s ‘Slumville Sunrise’. Meadows most recently wrote and directed the three-part television series The Gallows Pole with Element Pictures, for BBC/A24. 

The David Lean Lecture is a continuation of the legacy of David Lean, who is remembered as one of the founders of the British Film Academy (as it was known then).  It is a flagship event in BAFTA’s year-round public programme – educating, informing and inspiring industry and fans of the screen arts by providing insight into the craft and method of some of the world’s leading filmmakers.  

The Lecture is generously supported by The David Lean Foundation, which continues to support and encourage excellence in British filmmaking. 

The series has previously hosted directors including Ryan Coogler, Martin Scorsese, Lone Scherfig, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, and Spike Lee.  

For more information, please contact:  

BAFTA Press Office   
T: 020 7292 5863  
E: [email protected]   

Notes to Editors:  

A transcript will be available post-event.  
Event photography will be captured. For ticket or digital requests or any further information on content access, please get in touch with the press office.  


BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).