Movie Analysis: This is England Essay

Movie Analysis: This is England Essay

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The movie “This is England” was released in 2006, written and directed by Shane Meadows , a story taken, in part, from his life as a boy growing up in the Midlands of England. Mr. Meadows work presents to the viewer a representation of the cultural depiction of the street gang known as Skinheads, in a non-stereotypical light. This is England is a drama combining peer pressure, gangs and gang violence, social gatherings, loss and companionship of youths in a working class environment of a small town in England. This is England has been nominated and has also won multiple awards, according to, several nominations are from the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), Golden Kinnaree Award for Best Film, Best Screenplay for British Independent Film Awards and won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film additionally won Best European Film from the Mons International Festival of Love Films. This film stars Thomas Turgoose as Shaun, the 12-year-old troubled youth whom this film revolves around, Stephen Graham as Combo and Joseph Gilgun as Woody. Shaun's troubles seem to begin with the loss of his father, an officer, killed during the Falkland War. Subject to bullying from other local gang types, Mods, New Romantics . . ., depression takes it toll on young Shaun. Seemingly, being a loner, Shaun happens upon a small group of older teenage kids, Skinheads, led by a charismatic boy named Woody. Woody takes an immediate liking to Shaun and invites him to join his group. Shaun finds camaraderie in being a part of this group, and they all enjoying the carefree life of being kids, although sometimes the play progresses into vandalism like where a small group of abandoned, derelict housing units meet further destruction a...

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...pression surfaces in Woody's style of speaking and the way the encouraging words and mannerisms calmed the troubled Shaun at the beginning of the movie to Combo's standoffish and fearful manner of speaking which through his enthusiastic speech and use of embarrassment brought some members over from Woody's more calm surroundings. Woody spoke in an uplifting style and that is how the movie showed his demeanor to be, he acted the way the words he used represented, whereas Combo using harsh wordings, somewhat forced his beliefs onto others.

Works Cited

Cinema_Fan. “This is England” IMDb. IMDb, 27 Apr 2007. Web. 08 Nov. 2013.
Ruggiero, Vincent Ryan. The Art of Thinking. 10th ed. Ed. Virginia L. Blanford. Upper Saddle River New Jersey: Pearson, 2012. Print
Thompson, Christopher. “In Defense of Skinheads.” Time Entertainment, 03 May 2007. Web. 08 Nov. 2013.

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