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Aro Favourite This is England

 

UK 2006, 101 minutes
Dir. Shane Meadows
Genres: Drama / Youth

Topics: Period 1980s, Rites-of-passage.

 

Aroview: Utterly authentic, hard-hitting memoir from the dir. of A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS, about a boy’s coming-of-age as a skinhead during Thather's England in the 1980s.

Near perfect as a time capsule of subculture and political unrest (the Falklands War its point of contention), Meadows’ film admirably engages in preconceptions – that all skinheads are racists – through a lively ska and reggae soundtrack, along with the introduction of an endearing clique of characters (one, of Jamaican descent) who adopt the uniform as a style rather than a statement. Charged with a familiar volatility – the introduction of a psychotic white nationalist (Graham) shifts the film tonally as its midpoint – this is also especially compelling for Turgoose’s naturalistic performance as the impressionable young lad indoctrinated into skinhead ranks.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • deleted scenes
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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