THIS IS ENGLAND tells the story of Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), an 11 year old kid growing up in the North of
England. Set during the summer holidays of 1983, it followshis journey from a shaggy haired ruffian grieving
the loss of his father into a shaven headed thug whose anger and pain are embraced by the local skinhead
Largely based on Meadows' own personal experience, THIS IS ENGLAND not only captures a specific point in
British History, but also beautifully articulates the allure of being part of a gang. Brilliantly charting a course from the
joyous early passages to darker territory, Meadows also skillfully and with great sensitivity deals with the
complexities of rage, race and masculinity.
Featuring astonishing performances from Stephen Graham (Gangs of New York) and newcomer Thomas Turgoose, THIS IS ENGLAND is a riveting and deeply moving portrait of an often-overlooked moment in cultral history and is arguably Meadows' masterpiece.
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