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British filmmaker Shane Meadows looks back at his own youth in this semi-autobiographical comedy drama that examines skinhead culture in the U.K. It's the summer of 1983, and Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is a 12-year-old boy edging into adolescence without a father, his dad having lost his life the year before in the Falkland Islands War. A gang of skinheads -- tough guys in their teens and early twenties who shave their heads, wear Ben Sherman polo shirts, and Dr. Martens boots, and listen to ska music -- walk the streets in Shaun's neighborhood, and one day they start picking on him. Shaun, however, shows he can give as good as he gets, and gang leader Woody (Joe Gilgun) takes a liking to the boy. Woody takes Shaun under his wing, and he starts hanging out with the skins, getting advice on dressing right from Woody's girlfriend, Lol (Vicky McClure), and learning about Jamaican music from West Indian skinhead Milky (Andrew Shim). However, the gang begins to change when Combo (Stephen Graham) is released from prison and returns to the neighborhood; like many skinheads, Combo has been recruited by the National Front, an openly racist right-wing political party, and soon the gang begins to fracture, with Combo taking one faction toward violence and petty crime against blacks, Indians, and Pakistanis, while Woody and his friends follow a more benign path. This Is England received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 25, 2007


Awarded by
British Independent Film Awards Ludovico Einaudi Best Technical Achievement 2006 Nominee
British Independent Film Awards Thomas Turgoose Most Promising Newcomer (Onscreen) 2006 Nominee
British Independent Film Awards Shane Meadows Best Director 2006 Nominee
British Independent Film Awards Shane Meadows Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Shane Meadows Best British Film 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Shane Meadows Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mark Herbert Best British Film 2007 Nominee
British Independent Film Awards Stephen Graham Best Supporting Actor/Actress 2006 Nominee
British Independent Film Awards Joe Gilgun Best Supporting Actor/Actress 2006 Nominee


Thomas Turgoose
as Shaun
Stephen Graham
as Combo
Jo Hartley
as Cynth
Andrew Shim
as Milky
Vicky McClure
as Lol
Joe Gilgun
as Woody
Rosamund Hanson
as Smell
Perry Benson
as Meggy
George Newton
as Banjo
Frank Harper
as Lenny
Jack O'Connell
as Pukey Nicholls
Kriss Dosanjh
as Mr. Sandhu
Kieran Hardcastle
as Kes
Chanel Cresswell
as Kelly
Danielle Watson
as Trev
Sophie Ellerby
as Pob
Hannah Walters
as Shoe Shop Assistant
Michael Socha
as Bully
Dave Laws
as Mr. Dudley
Aisling Loftus
as Abigail Pollock
Joe Sentence
as Adam Waghorn
Shane Meadows
as Chip Shop Owner
Pamela Cundell
as Gadget's Nan
Elliot Brown-Walters
as Poor Mate 1
Seamus O'Neill
as DJ Dave D
Dave Blant
as Teacher 1
Ladene Hall
as Miss Shaw
Harold Gould
as Mr. Thacker
Betty Gould
as Mrs. Thacker
Stuart Wolfenden
as Jaybo
Georgia Groome
as Abigail's Friend
Gabriel Jennings
as Adam's Friend
Matthew Blamires
as Teasing Kid
James Burrows
as Teasing Kid
Harpal Hayer
as Football Kid
Terry Haywood
as Football Kid


Shane Meadows
Mark Herbert
Shane Meadows
Danny Cohen
Ludovico Einaudi
Composer (Music Score)
John Boughtwood
Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Wyatt
Mark Leese
Production Designer
Caroline Grebbell
Art Director
Louise Meadows
Kate Ogborn
Executive Producer
Peter Carlton
Executive Producer
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits
Executive Producer
Will Clarke
Executive Producer
Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Jo Thompson
Costume Designer
Dave Sansom
Sound/Sound Designer
First Assistant Director
Tony Aherne
First Assistant Director
Nickie Sault
First Assistant Director
Nina Sagemoen
Production Manager
Des Hamilton
Louise Meadows
Christian Rigg
Second Assistant Director
Fraser Grant
Production Accountant
Colin Batchford
Stunts Coordinator
Emma Yeomans
Location Manager
Matt Huntley
Second Assistant Director
Julia Valentine
Line Producer
Diarmid Scrimshaw
Script Supervisor
Nickie Sault
Second Assistant Director
Helen de Winter
Post Production Supervisor
Andrew Stirk
Re-Recording Mixer
Donald McInnes
Hair Styles
Donald McInnes
Riky Ash
Stunts Coordinator
Andrew Vickers
Screenplay Consultant