BAFTA-winning director of This is England (2006), Dead Man's Shoes (2004), and Twenty Four Seven (1997).
He made around 30 short films with his friends in Nottingham.
He was ranked #40 on The Telegraph's 2008 list of the 100 most powerful people in British culture.
He married Louise Meadows.
He formed a band called She Talks to Angels with actor Paddy Considine.