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.
This is Brilliant
- This Is England review by Kurtz
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.
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Classic UK Drama.
- This Is England review by Steve Mason
Deeply felt story about a boy entering his teens who finds a family among the skinheads of the No Future generation of the Thatcher era, offering him the identity he can't find at home from his single mother. An extremely authentic view of a time and a place which manages what only great films can do; it feels utterly real. A very British experience: quite bleak, but with a sense of humour all the same.