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This Is England (2006)

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Crime, Drama |

This Is England is a British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates how their subculture, which has its roots in 1960s West Indies culture, especially ska, soul, and reggae music, became adopted by the far-right, especially white nationalists and white supremacists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene. The film’s title is a direct reference to a scene where the character Combo explains his nationalist views using the phrase “this is England” during his speech.

In July 1983, Shaun is a troubled 12-year-old boy who lives with his widowed mother and is frequently antagonised in school and around town. On the last day of the school year, Shaun gets into a fight at school with a boy named Harvey after the latter makes an offensive joke about his father, who was killed in the Falklands War.

On his way home, Shaun comes across a gang of young skinheads led by Woody, who feels sympathy for Shaun and invites him to join the group. He introduces Shaun to Milky, the only black skinhead of the gang; Pukey, Kes, and the overweight, dim-witted Gadget. Despite some initial hostilities between Shaun and Gadget, the gang accepts Shaun as a member. Shaun bonds closely with Woody, viewing him a big brother figure, and his girlfriend Lol, who takes a motherly role towards him. Shaun also develops a romantic relationship with Michelle, also known as Smell, an older girl who dresses in a new wave, new romantic style.

Director: Shane Meadows

Writer: Shane Meadows

Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure, Joseph Gilgun, Rosamund Hanson

Cast:

Thomas TurgooseShaun
Stephen GrahamCombo
Jo HartleyCynth
Andrew ShimMilky
Vicky McClureLol
Joseph GilgunWoody (as Joe Gilgun)
Rosamund HansonSmell
Andrew EllisGadget
Perry BensonMeggy
George NewtonBanjo
Frank HarperLenny
Jack O’ConnellPukey Nicholls
Kriss DosanjhMr. Sandhu
Kieran HardcastleKes
Chanel CresswellKelly
Danielle WatsonTrev
Sophie EllerbyPob
Hannah WaltersShoe Shop Assistant
Dave LawsMr. Dudley
Michael SochaBully
Ian SmithTeacher
Dave BlantTeacher
Matthew BlamiresTeasing kid
James BurrowsTeasing kid
Harpal HayerFootball kid
Terry HaywoodFootball kid
Nimesh JaniFootball kid
David ClaridgeRoland Rat (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Duran DuranThemselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Simon Le BonSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Prince CharlesSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Princess DianaSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronald ReaganSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert StoneMan (uncredited)
Margaret ThatcherSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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