This Is England

This Is England

This Is England
It’s 1983 and school is out. 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war. Over the course of the summer holiday he finds fresh male role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in. With his new friends Shaun discovers a world of parties, first love and the joys of Doc Martin boots. Here he also meets Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, racist skinhead who had recently got out of prison. As Combo’s gang harass the local ethnic minorities, the course is set for a rite of passage that will hurl Shaun from innocence into experience.
Best British Film; BAFTA's 08 | Best Film, Most Promising Newcomer (Thomas Turgoose); British Independent Film Awards 07
2007Rating: R16, Violence, Offensive Language and Drug Use98 minsUK
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Variety

Variety

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With its knockout lead perfs and taut if slightly familiar construction, this '80s-set dramedy about a skinhead gang reps Meadows' most fluently made film so far...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A modest, near-flawless gem, This Is England is the fifth feature by the young British director Shane Meadows, doing his best work since he first hit the festival scene in the mid-1990s with his hilarious, raw-hewn shorts “Small Time.”...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The script and direction are virtually flawless....

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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This Is England may be best summed up as a "coming-of-age" story that puts aside the clichéd baggage often carried by the description and ultimately ends up being moving, genuinely funny, thought-provoking, and highly recommended...

3.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Hard, often shocking, film about punk life in early 80s Britain has great performances and some very funny scenes...

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Newshub

Newshub

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Known for casting non-professionals, this film is worth seeing for the stunning performance from first-timer Tommo Turgoose who is all of 13-years-old, and just brilliant....

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The writer-director brilliantly juxtaposes the personal and the political, bookending a stirring coming-of-age drama with the provocative opening and an equally affecting end sequence...

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This was England in the 80's. This is England is a moving story with brilliant performances. How a young boy whose dad dies in The Falkland War can be turned around by some skinheads and then find himself again is a winner. Shane Meadows has done a clearly open portrait of England during those years. As writer/director he has helped rebuild a film...

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

With its knockout lead perfs and taut if slightly familiar construction, this '80s-set dramedy about a skinhead gang reps Meadows' most fluently made film so far...

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A modest, near-flawless gem, This Is England is the fifth feature by the young British director Shane Meadows, doing his best work since he first hit the festival scene in the mid-1990s with his hilarious, raw-hewn shorts “Small Time.”...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The script and direction are virtually flawless....

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

This Is England may be best summed up as a "coming-of-age" story that puts aside the clichéd baggage often carried by the description and ultimately ends up being moving, genuinely funny, thought-provoking, and highly recommended...

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Hard, often shocking, film about punk life in early 80s Britain has great performances and some very funny scenes...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Known for casting non-professionals, this film is worth seeing for the stunning performance from first-timer Tommo Turgoose who is all of 13-years-old, and just brilliant....

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The writer-director brilliantly juxtaposes the personal and the political, bookending a stirring coming-of-age drama with the provocative opening and an equally affecting end sequence...

0

This was England in the 80's. This is England is a moving story with brilliant performances. How a young boy whose dad dies in The Falkland War can be turned around by some skinheads and then find himself again is a winner. Shane Meadows has done a clearly open portrait of England during those years. As writer/director he has helped rebuild a film...

5.0
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