This Is England

This Is England

Shane Meadows (2006)

97min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The sixth feature from British film-maker Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes, TwentyFourSeven) offers a semi-autobiographical portrait of skinheads in the 1980s. Set in a bleak (and unnamed) northern town just after the Falklands War, the film follows 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) as he's befriended by a group of kindly, multiracial skinheads. A touchingly funny first half gives way to something more disturbing as Shaun is drawn to a breakaway group of National Front supporters led by Combo (Stephen Graham), a terrifying racist. Like much of Meadows's work, This Is England pivots on a relationship between a child and a disturbed father figure; this time, though, the dynamic writer/director has produced what could well be his masterpiece. Coaxing a superb performance from his young lead and brilliantly evoking the working-class despair of the Thatcher era, Meadows has created a film to be reckoned with.

Summary

Twelve-year-old Shaun lives with his mother in a shabby council flat in a bleak northern town and is lacking direction after losing his father in the Falklands War. At school, he is befriended by a skinhead gang and the leader takes the boy under his wing - a tie that draws Shaun into a world of racism and violence, but one where he begins to find a new identity. Shane Meadows' drama set in the 1980s, starring Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham and Jo Hartley.

Cast & Crew

Shaun Fields Thomas Turgoose
Combo Stephen Graham
Cynth Jo Hartley
Milky Andrew Shim
Lol Vicky McClure
Woody Joe Gilgun
Smell Rosamund Hanson
Gadget Andrew Ellis
Meggy Perry Benson
Banjo George Newton
Lenny Frank Harper
Pukey Nicholls Jack O'Connell (2)
Director Shane Meadows
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Apr 2007
Drama