This Is England
Director: Shane Meadows Run Time: 101 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 2006
Starring: Jo Hartley, Joseph Gilgun, Stephen Graham, Thomas Turgoose, Vicky McClure
Nitehawk and Noisey present Shane Meadows’ instant British classic, This is England. Bucket from The Toasters will be skyping in after the film!
This is England isn’t just a portrait of a young man or a group of young people coming of age in 1980s Britain, it’s a portrait of England under the thumb of Margaret Shadow.
Shane Meadows’ award winning This is England is the story of the UK in 1983 told through twelve-year old Shaun and his newfound skinhead family. The politics of the time seethe throughout this personal narrative that touches upon bullying, racism, and skinhead culture as a result of Thatcherism. Weaving throughout the film is an incredible soundtrack that truly cements the heights of creativity and the social lows of the period. Capturing the diversity of sounds coming out at the time – from The Upsetters to The Specials and to a Soft Cell – is a mix of ska and pop songs. This is England premiered at the London Film Festival in 2006 and went on to win accolades and awards, including Best British Film at the 2008 BAFTAs.