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.
Deleted scenes; The making of This is England; An interview with writer/director Shane Meadows; Commentary by writer/director Shane Meadows, producer Mark Herbert and lead actor Thomas Turgoose; Skinhead culture: cropped, braced & booted, an essay by Darrell Buxton; "The Falklands: a Pathetic War," an essay by Darrell Buxton; Theatrical trailer
Disc #1 -- This is England 2. Opening [3:51] 3. Picked On [12:19] 4. A Good Time [5:35] 5. One of the Gang [9:17] 6. Combo [8:43] 7. This is England [11:20] 8. The Promise [2:06] 9. A Grand Ole Word [8:03] 10. With Pride [6:14] 11. Happy Birthday Smell [5:34] 12. Thinking of You [4:31] 13. No Problem [3:14] 14. What's With the Questions? [3:46] 15. Are You Okay? [7:16] 16. End Credits [6:25]
Disc #1 -- This is England Film Scenes Subs English For the Hearing Impaired Spanish None Bonus View the Film With Commentary by Writer/Director Shane Meadows, Producer Mark Herbert, and Lead Actor Thomas Turgoose - On View the Film With Commentary by Writer/Director Shane Meadows, Producer Mark Herbert, and Lead Actor Thomas Turgoose - Off The Making of This is England An Interview With Writer/Director Shane Meadows Deleted Scenes Play All Shaun and the Gang Shaun at the Arcade Headmaster Sequence Cynth Meets Smell Milky and Combo Buy Some Weed Long Walk Home Alternate Ending Skinhead Culture: Cropped, Braced, & Booted - An Essay by Darrel Buxton The Falklands: A Pathetic War - An Essay by Darrell Buxton Theatrical Trailer