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This Is England

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Original title
This Is England
Running time
100 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Shane Meadows
Ludovico Einaudi
Danny Cohen
UK Film Council, Film4 Productions, Big Arty Productions, Warp Films, Screen Yorkshire, Optimum Releasing, EM Media
Drama. Comedy | Racism. Teen/coming-of-age. 1980s. Street Gang
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This Is England
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 1983, against the aftermath of the Falklands War, the film introduces us to eleven-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), whose soldier father was killed in the conflict. Living with his mother and trying to deal with his grief and loss, Shaun has become an angry youngster, quick to use his fists when teased by schoolmates who taunt, bully and pick fights with him. It is not long before he falls in with a gang of older boys - and girls. They act as a kind of surrogate family and protect him from being picked on. There's really nothing to worry about here.

But suddenly, Shaun's world receives another jolt, like an earthquake. Combo (Stephen Graham), who has recently been released from jail, strides into Shaun's life and turns it upside down. Aggressive, confident, articulate and much smarter than Shaun's newfound friends, Combo is also a skinhead. Angry with the world, he is a member of the National Front, totally at loggerheads with the new, multiracial England. What follows is Shaun's "education" at the hands of this charismatic and brutal man who believes the country is going to hell in a handbasket.
2007: BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2007: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Language Film
2006: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Movie & Most Promising Newcomer (Turgoose)
2006: Rome Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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