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This Is England


Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim View All


Shane Meadows (Director), Shane Meadows (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 12th, 2006
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends, even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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I'm a big admirer of Shane Meadows having followed his career since seeing Twenty Four Seven in the late 90s, he's just getting better. Met him briefly a few years ago at a film screening and he's suc...

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mark f
Combo seems to be a friendly guy, but he also has apparently picked up a few bad habits and ideologies in prison; plus, it turns out, that he has plenty of baggage about his own father, although it's never really spelled out in the film.
That was a surprising touch for a skinhead movie, but a smart one at that, because that's one of the things that makes This Is England a notch above other skinhead movies  the many ways that it turns the popular myth on its head, and thus manages to turn movies on their head in one bleakly realistic portrayal of life on the fringe.
Darth Stujitzu
To many the skinheads of the 80's were portrayed as a bunch of racist neo nazi thugs, but Meadows manages to turn that image around 180 degrees at the start as the skinheads Shaun befriends appear to be well adjusted, caring, friendly, polite and as far from the normal percieved image as possible, more so that their group includes a black man called Milky who plays a pivotal role in the film.