Thomas Turgoose (Shaun Fields), Stephen Graham (Andrew 'Combo'
Gascoigne), Jo Hartley (Cynthia Fields), Andrew Shim (Milky), Vicky McClure (Lol Jenkins), Joseph Gilgun (Woody), Rosamund Hanson (Michelle)
This Is England is amongst the best British films of the
Shane Meadows' window into the early 1980's is a little
nostalgic and a little unpleasant, but wholly dramatic.
young boy from a working class background gets bullied at school following his father's death in the Falklands War. He becomes friends with a gang of older teenagers and is soon indoctrinated
into a gang with National Front connections.
The film tackles a few issues, including the political
landscape of the time, with the roots of racism as its main focus.
All the characters are well-observed and believable, with
solid acting from the entire cast, especially young Thomas Turgoose, who had no prior acting experience.
The film provided inspiration for three spinoff TV
mini-series', set in 1986, 1988 and 1990 respectively.