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The sixth feature from British film-maker Shane Meadows (
Dead Man's Shoes
) 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.
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
Jack O'Connell (2)
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
27 Apr 2007
Full Episode Guide
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