#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This is England: Mods, New Romantics, and Skinheads are the major youth sub-cultures of this very English summer of 1983 and young 12-year-old Shaun is left wandering aimlessly alone and lost during the start of his school holidays, until his chance meeting with Woody and his fun and friendly Skinhead pack. Finding a new lease of life; girls, parties, Ben Sherman shirts, Doc Martin boots and shaven hairstyles young Shaun is welcomed, life during this summer holiday has got a whole lot better. That is until Combo arrives on the scene bitter, dangerous, racist, militant and psychotic life for young Shaun has just approached his first major crossroads. This is England is a look back at the early eighties of British working-class life through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang, and dealing with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falkland’s War; Thatcher’s Britain: Did we ever have it so good? When you see Shaun, ask Him.
Plot: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends, even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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This Is… The Best British Film For A Long Time
I was lucky enough to attend the first UK screening of Shane Meadows’ latest offering, THIS IS ENGLAND, last Tuesday at the London Film Festival. Having been a fan of Meadows’ work since seeing TWENTYFOURSEVEN in 1998, I have anticipated each of his new films with excitement and great interest. Meadows’ films defy categorisation and always exceed expectation, as anyone who has seen A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS or DEAD MAN’S SHOES will attest. THIS IS ENGLAND had a lot to live up to
Set during the summer of 1983, THIS IS ENGLAND is the story of Shaun (Thomas Turgoose); a precocious twelve-year-oldcoming to terms with the death of his father. Shaun is soon inducted into a group of local skinheads; a fun loving bunch who spend days committing petty vandalism and listening to ska records. Although much younger than the other members of the group, Shaun endears himself upon them with his sheer determination and defiance, and is quickly embraced as their mascot. However, the frivolity and naivety comes to an abrupt conclusion when ex-member Combo (Steven Graham) is released from a spell in prison. Combo soon causes a rift within the group and becomes the catalyst for them becoming a militant, racist force.
Anyone familiar with Meadows’ earlier work will notice many parallels between this and A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS; the film is told from a child’s perspective and the corruption of youth/innocence is an underlining theme. Like ROMEO BRASS, THIS IS ENGLAND manages to balance the light-hearted and often hilarious, with menace and tension that’s excruciating to endure. Many British films that attempt dramedy falter because one or the other/both is unconvincing, but Meadows manages to combine comedy and drama seamlessly; the laughs come thick and fact but the jolts come harder than a kick to the head.
Typically for a Meadows film, THIS IS ENGLAND is exceptionally well written with some infectious dialogue and fully-fleshed characters, though one of the film’s stand-out attributes is that of Danny Cohen’s cinematography. Being a film set during the 80s, its look plays a significant part in the audience buying into the film. Many 80s-set films have been betrayed by garish lighting and ultimately end up looking like contemporary people parading around in 20-year-old clothing. Cohen’s photography really manages to encapsulate the bleak feeling that was evident of the time, and is both gritty and dour. THIS IS ENGLAND is a film without polished aesthetics and one that has the raw visual style that’s not be seen since the films of Alan Clarke (SCUM, MADE IN Britain, THE FIRM).
In addition to the film’s look, Meadow’s has raided the vaults for a whole host of archive footage leading thirty-something viewers on a trip down memory lane. The credit sequence alone features footage from Roland Rat, the Falklands and Knight Rider; As a child of the 80s, I literally sat in the cinema beaming It’s a great hook into a wonderful film.
As assured as Meadows’ writing and direction is, the film benefits greatly from its ensemble cast. Predominantly made up of teenagers, the cast of THIS IS ENGLAND excel beyond belief, without one putting a foot wrong. A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS’ Andrew Shim is superb as Milky, as is Stephen Graham as Combo – who gives a terrific and complex performance. However, THIS IS ENGLAND belongs to Thomas “Tommo” Tugoose for a débutant child actor he is astonishing and effortlessly conveys the array of mixed emotions the material requires.
In conclusion, THIS IS ENGLAND is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in film. Once again Meadows has set a precedent for British filmmakers and has eclipsed many of his contemporaries. THIS IS ENGLAND may not make for comfortable viewing but it is cinema at its best.
This movie was somewhat tough to know how to take. On the one hand – as a movie about coming of age – it’s a fairly straight-forward, effective film. Shaun’s anger and depression about the death of his father fighting in the Falklands is slowly eating away at him, and his new skinhead friends don’t help him learn to cope with that, but they do give him a distraction and a sense of belonging that he obviously craves. Shaun is easily influenced, and Woody becomes a type of father figure to him, helping him find his own place in the world around him.
On the other hand, though, the movie in very insular. Combo talks about the money and jobs lost to immigrants, but aside from the Falklands, there doesn’t seem to be any real link between this group of skins and the outside world. They never seem to actually exist in the real world, other than the mob’s trip to the National Front rally and when Woody’s girlfriend heads to work. So when Combo decides to espouse his political points of view to the rest of the gang, it feels hollow and almost disjointed; here is this group of skinheads who never seem to work and do nothing except sit around, drink beer, smoke pot, and listen to records. And as Combo has spent the last several years in prison, he doesn’t feel like someone who would be in the know about the political situation in England at the time.
However, the details of the movie are fairly accurate. The National Front did play a huge role in attracting skinheads to their cause in the 80s, and the fashions are pretty spot on, as is the music. Although I think that the movie doesn’t make much of an effort to pander to the uninitiated. If you don’t know skinhead culture, you’re going to find yourself lost on occasion. But by and large, most of the movie can be understood and appreciated without knowledge of what it is to be skinhead. Overall a decent movie, if not a bit two dimensional.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Shane Meadows
Writer Shane Meadows
Actors Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations.
Production Company Warp Films, Ingenious Film Partners, Big Arty
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony F3
Laboratory DeLuxe, UK
Film Length 2,775 m (Portugal, 35 mm), 2,822 m (Norway)
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 16 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)