This is England
|Directed by||Shane Meadows|
|Produced by||Mark Herbert|
|Written by||Shane Meadows|
|Music by||Ludovico Einaudi|
|Cinematography||Gonzalo Fernández Berridi|
|Editing by||Chris Wyatt|
|Release date(s)||April 27, 2007|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Budget||£1.5 million (estimated)|
1982, Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the UK is ready to gain her reputation as the “Iron-Lady” following the war on the Falkland Islands and the death of 258 British nationals (649 Argentinian). The main character of the film, Sean is a 12-year old pal, living in the grey city of Grimsby. His father is one of the 258 soldiers who lost their lives in the islands. Like in the song of John Lennon “Working class hero” –
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
Till you’re so fucking crazy you can’t follow their rules,
Sean is hurt at home by a mother trying to stand up in the midst of depression. At school he is a regular object of pick-ons, a loner and an unhappy child with great potential but also great potential of aggression. His life begins to change after his encounter with a local gang of Skinheads headed by the humane personality Woody. Woody and his gang are not at the point of racism yet, they have Jamaican based friends within them and listen to Reggae and smoke joints. For them the skinhead mentality is not an ideology of fascism but more a local-gang, culture stuff. Boots and the hair-cut and the music.
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