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Movie Analysis: This Is England

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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 IMDb.com, 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 at the hands of these kids. Over time Shaun becomes indoctrinated into this gang of Skinheads, all celebrating and having what appears to be just good fun. One evening while partying, an older Skinhead named Combo enters, reunites and tells a story of his time in prison and how he was abused by another convict who was a Jamaican. The racial tension begins to escalate as the company feels the awkwardness, as one of the gang is also Jamaican, his name is Milky. At another get together of the gang with Combo, Combo attempts to convince each member to change the gang's direction from being regular Skinheads, kids having fun, to become the like Neo-Nazi, racist, terrorist gangs that are usually thought of when you think of Skinheads. Woody, Milky and another one or two members reject Combos pressuring while others of the gang join Combo, including Shaun. Combo takes Shaun under his wing, takes him and the others to a Right-Wing Nationalist movement meeting where afterwords one of the new gang questions Combo judgment. Combo becomes irate and beats this young gang member to show his dominance in this troupe. At another meeting of Combo's gang, things again get out of hand where Combo has invited Milky and after a bit and in...

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