• This Is England (2006)

This Is England

Release Date: 2006

DVD Release Date: November 13th, 2007

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), who lost his father in the Falklands War, earns the respect of skinheads when he stand up to their teasing. He becomes part of the gang and enjoys hanging out with his new friends. Trouble starts with the return of Combo (Stephen Graham), a racist ex-convict. With the gang divided into two factions, Shaun sides with Combo and, unfortunately, finds in him a father figure.

Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim, Joseph Gilgun, Vicky McClure, Rosamund Hanson, Andrew Ellis

Director: Shane Meadows

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Big Arty, Warp Films, Ingenious Film Partners

Keywords: Touching, Rivalry, Growing up, 1980s, Transformation, Girlfriend, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie is taut, tense, relentless. It shows why Shaun feels he needs to belong to a gang, what he gets out of it and how it goes wrong. show more

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    As its title implies, This Is England isn't a hyperstylized head-trip a la "Trainspotting" but a straightforward calling to account. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The script and direction are virtually flawless. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Winner Special Jury Marc'Aurelio Award
Festival internazionale del film di Roma (2006)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner Best Foreign Film
Guldbagge Award (2008)