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This Is England (2006)

Directed by:
Shane Meadows

COUNTRY
United Kingdom

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
This is England

RUNNING TIME
102 minutes

Produced by:
Mark Herbert

Written by:
Shane Meadows


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Shaun Fields Thomas Turgoose
Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne Stephen Graham
Cynthia Fields Jo Hartley
Richard James "Woody" Woodford Joe Gilgun -
Frances Lorraine "Lol" Jenkins Vicky McClure -
Michael "Milky" Andrew Shim -
Michelle "Smell" Rosamund Hanson

 

Review

12-year-old bully victim Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) comes of age in Thatcher era working-class England, at a time when a part of the British skinhead culture is evolving into white nationalism. And we follow his inclusion into a much older gang of teens and young adults who give him friendship and a sense of belonging, but also a number of influences which test his moral compass. This clearly personal film written and directed by Shane Meadows finds a wonderful balance between humour and seriousness in its delve into rather bleak subject material. We're given an inside look into a fascinating, smouldering sub-culture where pride and unity clash with frustration and inferiority complexes. A wonderfully acted and intelligently directed picture with a refreshing lack of bias.

Copyright 16.10.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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