This Is England (2006)
Directed by: Shane Meadows
Starring: Thomas Turgoose (Shaun), Stephen Graham (Combo), Andrew Shim (Milky), Joe Gilgun (Woody), Vicky McClure (Lol), Rosamund Hanson (Smell), Jo Hartley (Mother), Andrew Ellis (Gadget), Jack O’Connell (Pukey)
Country: England; Effed Up British-Irish Movies
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Genres: Teen-Childhood, Racism
Plot – Spoilers:
Set in early ’80s England, it’s the end of the term and twelve-year-old Shaun is missing his dad who died in the Falklands War. Shaun’s having a rough time at school and falls in with a group of skinheads who indulge his boyishness. Around this time, politics has started to seep into the skinhead subculture and the group is introduced to this when an old friend, Combo, returns from jail, simmering with ideas and an urge to lash out. In Combo, Shaun finds a father-figure and finally a place in the world.
This Is England doesn’t try to tell a broad historical story about skinheads or racism but is simply a story about a bunch of people in a small town, somewhere in England. It does however raise an effective point during its final act about how racism sometimes can just be about resentment and finding an excuse to hate and act on that hate in a justifiable way.
Brilliant movie. Really puts a strong psychological insight into how an abused young boy like Shaun finds solace in becoming part of a somewhat-harmless but fun-loving gang of skinheads, then onto becoming a full-fledged skinhead who advocates racial abuse thanks to Combo who is another member of the gang but just got out of prison. Near the end, you will see just why Combo is the way he is – his true colors comes out. I found it quite sad. The miniseries taking place in 86, 88, and 90 are definitely worth a watch too. It’s amazing to see how the characters’ lives drifts apart, facing a lot of turmoil but finding redemption in many ways.
I absolutely love this movie and the TV show
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I watched ..Rude Boy.. (1980) the other day which is an odd film set in similar times to ..This is England… . You would however have to put up with an excessive amount of The Clash so soundtrack wise Shane does a much better job.
really good film. stephen graham’s performance in particular is very strong
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very good – worth it for stephen grahams performance – but dead mans shoes will always be my favourite shane meadows film
England is shit this movie is proof
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@bies Actually, we’re not censoring. What we did is hide replies to a parent comment until you click on View Replies. This way, users can be spared the to-and-fros by looking at the parent comment and deciding if they want to read the replies to it.
Maybe I’ll just remove the Recent Comments thing. Those who want to read the comments can just scroll and indulge themselves. Lemme think about it and make the change later today with a couple new posts.
Every British person has seen this at least once
Absolute chills at the end when he looks up at the camera. What a great movie. Ratings on this site never disappoint. If it’s at the top it’s gotta be good. For once, a place with actual good taste in films.
RIP Terry Hall. A part of England is just about to enjoy himself ..first.. because its never to late and heaven is waiting to piss on his shoes. I hear the pies are nice.