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This Is England – Trailer

This Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates that skinhead subculture, whose 1960s roots include elements of black culture especially ska, soul, and reggae music, became adopted by white nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene. In 2010 a spin-off series This Is England ’86 set four years after the film was shown on Channel 4.

Cast

Thomas Turgoose as Shaun Field
Stephen Graham as Andrew “Combo” Gascoigne
Joe Gilgun as Richard “Woody” Woodford
Andrew Shim as Milky
Vicky McClure as Frances “Lol” Jenkins
Rosamund Hanson as Michelle “Smell”
Andrew Ellis as Gary “Gadget”
Jack O’Connell as “Pukey” Nicholls
Kieran Hardcastle as Kes
Sophie Ellerby as Pob
Perry Benson as Meggy
George Newton as Banjo
Kriss Dosanjh as Mr. Sandhu
Jo Hartley as Cynthia
Michael Socha as Harvey (The Bully)

Reception

On January 5, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 93% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 82 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 86 out of 100, based on 23 reviews — indicating “universal acclaim”. This made it the tenth best reviewed film of the year. The film appeared on several US critics’ top ten movie lists of 2007; it was third on the list by Newsweek’s David Ansen, seventh on the list by The Oregonian’s Marc Mohan, and ninth on the list by Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Crust. In Britain, director Gillies Mackinnon rated the film the best of the year and David M. Thompson, critic and film-maker, rated it third. The film was ranked fourteenth in The Guardian’s list of 2007’s Best Films and fifteenth in Empire’s Movies of the Year.

The film won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2007 British Academy Film Awards. It also won the Best Film category at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards, Thomas Turgoose winning the Most Promising Newcomer award.

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