''This Is England'' is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates that skinhead subculture, whose 1960s roots include elements of black culture, especially ska, soul and reggae music, became adopted by white nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene.

Two {{timeskip}}ped SpinOff {{Miniseries}} were produced for ChannelFour. ''This is England '86'' takes place three years later, with Shaun making amends and rejoining the skinheads, Lol's father returning and Combo's release. ''This is England '88'' features Shaun in college and Lol raising a child.
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AlmightyMom: The scene where Shaun's mum storms into the cafe and tells off the skinheads for giving her son an ImportantHaircut without her permission.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Lol.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Combo unexpectedly declares his love for Lol, giving her a present and telling her she was the only thing that got him through his three years in jail. He can barely get his words out at first, and begins to tremble uncontrollably when Lol coldly rejects him, barely holding back the tears.
* AsianStoreOwner: He bans Shaun early on, and [[spoiler:gets his DisproportionateRetribution later on.]]
* AxCrazy: An externally subdued form in Combo, but the guy definitely has issues. Violent ones.
* BaldOfAwesome: The entire original skinhead gang, basically a bunch of disaffected bald teenagers out to have fun.
* BaldOfEvil: Combo and Banjo, much older than the rest, fresh outta prison and armed with machetes.
* BerserkButton: Any mention of the Falklands War sends 12 year old Shaun berserk with rage. He assaults Harvey and Combo (both fully grown men) with varying results.
** Also, ''[[HairTriggerTemper too many to count]]'' for Combo. It's what makes him terrifying. [[spoiler:One of them appears to be [[FreudianExcuse his negligent family life, and discussing it in detail.]]]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: All of the skinheads toward Shaun.
* BlackBestFriend: Milky is Woody's oldest and best friend, and the token black guy in the gang.
* BrokenPedestal: Combo goes from headstrong father figure to shattered nervous wreck in a matter of minutes, leaving Shaun wholly disillusioned with his life at that point.
* ButtMonkey: Gadget, who is relentlessly mocked for his weight problems.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Shaun is groomed by Combo from a disaffected and casually delinquent kid into a mini National Front member.
* CrapsackWorld: Set in a depressed, shitty suburb of some nowhere city in outer England, amidst the Falklands War and crippling unemployment.
* TheEighties: Set in 1983.
* TheFalklandsWar: Shaun's dad died there. [[BerserkButton Shaun doesn't like to talk about it]].
* HairTriggerTemper: Combo.
* GoodParents: Shaun's mother surprises everyone by acknowledging that the skinheads have actually been a positive influence on Shaun and lets them continue socializing in spite of her trepidation.
* GoodTimesMontage: ''Louie, Louie...''
* ImportantHaircut: Obviously a necessity if you're joining a skinhead gang.
* IronicNickname: Milky.
* KitchenSinkDrama
* KnightOfCerebus: Things get seriously creepy after Combo turns up.
* KnuckleTattoos
* MacheteMayhem: Combo's WeaponOfChoice.
* MayDecemberRomance: Smell is 16, while Shaun is 12.
* MoodDissonance
* MoodWhiplash
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Combo lays the smackdown on Milky, Banjo, Meggy and Shaun in a blind rage, he collapses into a heap and starts crying over Milky's senseless body.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Combo gets stoned with Milky and appears to bond with him, but subsequently undergoes a transformation when Milky begins talking about his amazing family life. Combo begins to verbally abuse him, which Milky reacts to with a wry smile. Combo blows his top and beats Milky to an unconscious pulp in a rather graphic and disturbing scene.
* NothingButHits: Say what you like about skinheads, they had some damn fine taste in music.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Gadget, Lol, Woody, [[BlackBestFriend Milky]], [[MeaningfulName Combo]], Banjo, [[UnfortunateNames Smell...]]
-->'''Smell:''' ''I guess cause it sounds a bit like Michelle... [[{{Dissimile}} but not really.]]''
* OopNorth: The setting is deliberately vague, but is implied to be somewhere around Yorkshire and the East Midlands. The movie was filmed in the suburbs of Nottingham and [[GrimUpNorth Grim]]sby, while the miniseries was filmed in Sheffield. Strong provincial accents abound - it is about as far away from BritainIsOnlyLondon as it can get.
* PetTheDog: Combo may be a violent racist, but he does have a sensitive side...
* PowerWalk: Done twice. The first time is very light-spirited, highlighting [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Shaun's acceptance into Woody's gang.]] The second time is much darker in tone, when Shaun [[spoiler: joins Combo's gang of skinheads, who are much more violent and racist than Woody's.]]
* StrawmanPolitical: {{Averted}} - both Combo's and some of the National Front members' arguments for their beliefs are really made by nationalists, whether you [[MisaimedFandom take them]] or [[DeliberateValuesDissonance leave them]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Skinheads}}
* TakingTheHeat: Also a NoodleIncident-Combo went to prison for something Woody did in the past.
* TitleDrop
* WeaponForIntimidation: The machete.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Shaun goes along with Combo and the others because he wants his dead father to be proud of him.
* VillainousBreakdown: Combo turns out to be nowhere near the tough guy he's making himself out to be after he nearly kills Milky.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[MeaningfulName Combo]] is implied to be of mixed ethnic ancestry, as [[ActorSharedBackground his actor is]].

!!The miniseries provides examples of:
* AbsenteeActor: Three characters from the film are mysteriously missing from the miniseries - Pukey, Kes and Pob (Milky's girlfriend). No explanation is given for their absence, although possibly {{justified}} considering the series takes place three years later and friends can come and go in that time.
** Pukey and Kes are effectively replaced by Harvey, who was a minor schoolyard bully in the film and not a member of the skinheads.
* AbusiveParents:
** [[spoiler:Lol's father is sexually abusive.]]
** Harvey's father is shown briefly to be physically abusive.
* AscendedExtra:
** Harvey, who had a very brief appearance in the film as a bully at Shaun's school, is now a fully-fledged member of the gang.
** Flip, the hilarious leader of the biker gang, had a "blink-and-you-miss-it" moment in the film as the boy who mocked Shaun's trousers outside Mister Sandhu's shop.
** Trudy had a throwaway appearance as a shoe shopkeeper in a single scene of the film, the returns in the miniseries with a significantly expanded role, in which it's revealed that the shoe shop is just one of her many current *ahem* ...enterprises.
* BritishBrevity: Four episodes in the first miniseries, three in the second.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Meggy disappears in between the first two miniseries, and producer Mark Herbert tweeted that this is because he 'died taking a dump' off-screen in 1987. The canonicity of this is questionable, but as there is no mentioning of him whatsoever after the fact, fans have no choice but to take this as WordofGod.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Gadget and Kel have a wheelchair race in the hospital, not following any particular route, and it just so happens that the race reaches its climax in the exact same place where Lol and Kel's mum has just come in at the exact same time.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Gives Lol, Woody and Milky a lot more scrutiny.
* LargeHam: Flip to a tee.
* NewJobEpisode
* ParentWithNewParamour
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Lol, by her father]].
* RapeAsDrama
* TakingTheHeat: [[spoiler:Combo.]]
* TimeSkip: {{Inverted}} with '86, as it's set three years after the film but the gap of time between filming the two was significantly longer! However, '86 was followed by '88, which as the name suggests is set two years later, but filmed and aired one year later. This looks to be repeated with '90.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Milky is revealed to be Lol's... 'til he gets lucky. [[spoiler:He breaks it off when he realises Lol and Woody are the OfficialCouple.]]
* TheWorldCup: Mexico '86 is in full swing.

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