I thought this film was very clever in that it uses the marginalised group of skinheads in Thatchers early eighties, to demonstrate the many facets of humanity, through the individual characters. We have a funny and warm bully who supports Shaun following a bad day at school juxtaposed with a manipulative just released criminal, who sees Shauns ability to stand up for himself as potential in his ambitions to get the gang involved in the National Front. It is easy to anticipate the difficulties Shaun will come up against as a result of the decisions he makes but the ending is not predictable! It is great to see really plausible acting in typical FilmFour style and Turgoose is outstanding. Apparantly it is based upon Director, Shane Meadows personal experience and that certainly comes though in the sensitivity of his creation.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Roland Rat, Margaret Thatcher; Rubik's Cubes, the Royal Wedding; aerobics, skinheads... It's 1983, and the schools are breaking up for summer. Shaun is 12 and a bit of a loner, growing up with his mum in a grim coastal town, his dad was killed fighting in the Falklands War. On his way home from school, where he's been tormented all day for wearing flares, he runs into a group of skinheads, who against expectations turn out to be friendly and take him under their wing. Soon Shaun discovers parties, girls and snappy dressing, and finds some role models in Woody, Milky and the rest of the gang. But when an older, overtly racist skinhead returns home from prison, the easy camaraderie of the group is broken, and Shaun is drawn into much more uncomfortable territory. Actors Perry Benson, Joseph Gilgun, Stephen Graham, Kieran Hardcastle, Frank Harper, Jo Hartley, Vicky McClure, George Newton, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Shim & Thomas Turgoose Director Shane Meadows Certificate 18 years and over Year 2007 Languages English
Shane Meadows' gritty portrait of teenage urban life in Thatcher's Britain of the early '80s. With schools breaking up for the summer, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) makes his way home after a fight. Living at home with his mum in a rundown coastal town, his dad killed in the Falklands, Shaun spends a lot of time on his own and dreads the long summer break. Expecting the worst when he runs into a group of skinheads, Shaun's surprised when they turn out to be friendly and adopt him as one of their own. Suddenly the summer feels a whole lot better as Shaun discovers girls, parties, braces and an identity. But the good times are threatened with the appearance of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, in-your-face racist, just released from prison, who leads the group down a darker, violent road.