Synopsis by Mark Deming
Crime pays, but not very well for a handful of burglars in this drama with comic overtones. Jumbo (Shane Meadows) heads up a gang of very-small-time thieves in an economically crippled British town near Nottingham. Jumbo and his mates Malc (Mat Hand), Willy (Jimmy Hynd), and Bets (Leon Lammond) are having a hard time unloading their latest score -- a large supply of dog food -- which generates a significant amount of tension between the hoods and their usual fence, Lenny (Tim Cunningham). Meanwhile, Malc's girlfriend Kate (Gena Kawecka) is getting tired of the way Jumbo slaps around his significant other, Ruby (Dena Smiles) and forces Malc to choose between staying with the gang or staying with her (and their child). Small Time marked the feature-length directorial debut for writer, director, and star Shane Meadows; it was shown theatrically with one of Meadows' earlier short subjects, Where's The Money, Ronnie?