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.