This is England

This is England
  • 2006
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Shane Meadows
  • Written by: Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine (uncredited)
  • Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Joe Gilgun, Andrew Shim, Vicky McClure, Stephen Graham, Rosamund Hanson

Lonely Shaun (Turgoose), a 12-year-old boy growing up in the era of Thatcherism, race riots and The Falklands War, falls in with skinheads. This is a beautifully characterised and realised morality tale about what happens when fundamentally decent belief systems get reinterpreted by morons but it begins to run out of steam in its final third.

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This is England

23 Apr 20074 stars

(18) 102min

Taking its name from the only single to be released from The Clash’s final, hideously vulgarised LP Cut The Crap (by manager Bernard Rhodes, who synth-popped each of the 12 tracks to within an inch of their lives), Shane Meadows’ new film is about what…

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