I'm a fan of Shane Meadows' films and the first one that I ever saw was 'Somers Town' (2008). Despite being nowhere near as gritty and hard hitting as his other work, 'Somers Town' is a charming British comedy.
Filmed mostly in black and white, the movie is an insight into an unlikely friendship between two young teenagers called Tomo (played by 'This Is England' star Thomas Turgoose) and Marek (played by Piotr Jagiello). At first, it seems that both lads couldn't be more different from each other. Tomo is streetwise and has recently been released from social care, running away to London. There he meets Marek, a keen photographer who is quiet and sensitive. As things transpire, the lads find that they have more in common than they could have ever imagined. Both have had difficult home lives and appear to have no other friends. They have also fallen for the same girl who works in the cafe.
'Somers Town' was a simple story, but delightful and funny. Despite being very different from other Shane Meadows movies, I found it a refreshing change.