This Is England
Against the backdrop of Thatcherite Britain, a pre-teen gets caught up with a group of skinheads in Shane Meadows’ blistering, blackly funny, BAFTA-winning drama. With breakout performances from the UK’s Stephen Graham and Vicky McClure and a brilliant soundtrack, this Film4-produced period piece is as potent now as it was on release.
In a coastal town in 1983, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), who recently lost his father to the Falklands war, finds friendship with a group of local skinheads. But when older, racist Combo (Stephen Graham) gets out of prison, he leads the gang toward an irreversible act of violence.