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This is England

Not Rated In Theaters 07/27/2007 , 102min.
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Plot & Details

British filmmaker Shane Meadows looks back at his own youth in this semi-autobiographical comedy drama that examines skinhead culture in the U.K. It's the summer of 1983, and Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is a 12-year-old boy edging into adolescence without a father, his dad having lost his life the year before in the Falkland Islands War. A gang of skinheads -- tough guys in their teens and early twenties who shave their heads, wear Ben Sherman polo shirts, and Dr. Martens boots, and listen to ska music -- walk the streets in Shaun's neighborhood, and one day they start picking on him. Shaun, however, shows he can give as good as he gets, and gang leader Woody (Joe Gilgun) takes a liking to the boy. Woody takes Shaun under his wing, and he starts hanging out with the skins, getting advice on dressing right from Woody's girlfriend, Lol (Vicky McClure), and learning about Jamaican music from West Indian skinhead Milky (Andrew Shim). However, the gang begins to change when Combo (Stephen Graham) is released from prison and returns to the neighborhood; like many skinheads, Combo has been recruited by the National Front, an openly racist right-wing political party, and soon the gang begins to fracture, with Combo taking one faction toward violence and petty crime against blacks, Indians, and Pakistanis, while Woody and his friends follow a more benign path. This Is England received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Mark Herbert Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Shane Meadows Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Shane Meadows Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Bangkok International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Bangkok International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Mark Herbert Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Shane Meadows Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Shane Meadows Nominated

British Independent Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best British Independent Film Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress Joe Gilgun Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Onscreen) Thomas Turgoose Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay Shane Meadows Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Technical Achievement Ludovico Einaudi Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress Stephen Graham Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Director Shane Meadows Nominated

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

London Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 London Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Rome International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Rome International Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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