This Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates how their subculture, became adopted by White Nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene.
One thing I am never a fan of in more serious films and films where the age rating is higher, is having a child main character. This limits the film in multiple ways, both in terms of story progression and in me taking it seriously. Not to slate Thomas Turgoose’s acting skills at all, but the character cannot express as much emotion or seriousness, purely due to his age.
In terms of progression in this film in the fist half an hour at least it is very unclear where this film is going. And then when the film does have some direction it is a very sudden change. in fact the film feels more like a play with a first and second act. with the first only serving the purpose of introducing the characters.
the second half however is more in the vein of what they were trying to convey in the film and it is very obvious s it is far and away better. The ending may come to quickly and I may dislike that such a serious and sensitive topic is moved forward in plot centering around a twelve year old boy but the clear racism and realistic nature of what was going on at the time could not have been displayed better.
With good acting and message, This is England is a good set up to the series made prior to its release which in my opinion should have been what this film was: a full series, as i believe i could have been paced and drawn out much better.