Before Paul W.S. Anderson made his name in Hollywood with action-packed flicks like 'Resident Evil,' 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator' and 'Death Race,' he wrote and directed a slick crime flick about disaffected British youth called 'Shopping.' Starring an impossibly baby-faced Jude Law and spiky-haired Sadie Frost, this edgy independent about stealing and crashing cars got a licking from the British Board of Film Classification, the critics and even its own distributor, Rank. Now it's found its way onto DVD and Blu-ray thanks to Severin Films, who made it possible for Cinematical to chat with the busy director about his first movie and more in this two-part interview.

Cinematical: 'Shopping' has a very different feel than your other movies, from its sort of dystopian aesthetic to its storyline. What were your primary sources of inspiration for the story and the overall look of the film?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I grew up in the northeast of England, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and the whole subject of ram-raiding -- you know, stealing [a car] and joy-riding -- was very much a part of kind of that culture. It was big, big news when I was growing up, and it was happening even as we were making the movie as well. So that's the primary inspiration from the story, was a lot of the events in the film were kind of lifted from real-life events.
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