Rent This Is England (2006)

3.7 of 5 from 484 ratings
1h 38min
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Synopsis:
This Is England tells the story of Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), an 11 year old kid growing up in the North of England. Set during the summer holidays of 1983, it follows his journey from a shaggy haired ruffian grieving the loss of his father into a shaven headed thug whose anger and pain are embraced by the local skinhead fraternity. Largely based on Meadows' own personal experience, This Is England not only captures a specific point in British history, but also beautifully articulates the allure of being part of a gang.
Brilliantly charting a course from the joyous early passages to darker territory, Meadows also skilfully and with great sensitivity deals with the complexities of rage, race and masculinity.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Shane Meadows
Others:
Mark Herbert
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2008 BAFTA Best British Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2007
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/09/2008
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director Shane Meadows, Producer Mark Herbert and lead actor Thomas Turgoose
  • Interviews
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Casting And Rehearsals
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Production Departments

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Reviews (5) of This Is England

This is Brilliant - This Is England review by Kurtz

Spoiler Alert
07/03/2008

Wonderful stuff- passionate,tender, fierce, reflective- Meadows hits the jackpot here with a searing account of a child searching for a father figure in the darker regions of Britain's underclass. The "me" decade of the eighties is brilliantly conjured up, and the fate of those who clearly weren't "one of us" smacks you between the eyes. You can feel the intensity of the director's vision and the commitment he gets from his young cast is amazing. Occasional rough edges in the dialogue and acting only add to the impact- you're not experiencing events and emotions through layers of Hollywood polish; this is England-this is REAL.

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Enjoyable and thought provoking - This Is England review by catpigeon

Spoiler Alert
26/10/2007

This film will make you laugh, cry and gasp no matter how desensitiesed you consider yourself to be. It does this through making the characters and the plot so lifelike and believable that you are drawn into that summer of 1983 in Preston. The portrayal of the characters beutifully explains why they behave the way they do and how they shape and influence each other.

Excellent perfermences all round, it would be a terrible shame to miss.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Bleak - This Is England review by TB

Spoiler Alert
21/01/2009

Understandable that this film has won awards - brilliant acting from especially Shaun, but certainly no light entertainment here. People who tend to be easily offended shouldn't probably watch - you are not spared any swearwords, however, the 18 certificate seems exaggerated, but maybe you need to be 18 to hear abuse like this in the UK? Unless you just happen to walk the street!

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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