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''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.

Three {{timeskip}}ped SpinOff [[Series/ThisIsEngland miniseries]] were produced for Creator/Channel4.
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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 (the former a much older teen, the latter a grown man) with varying results.
** Also, ''[[HairTriggerTemper too many to count]]'' for Combo. It's what makes him terrifying. One of them appears to be [[FreudianExcuse his negligent family life, and discussing it in detail]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: The skinheads are protective of Shaun and motivate him to socialize and have fun.
* 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: Shaun is a 12-year-old who does a lot of growing up through the course of the film.
* 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.
* HairTriggerTemper: Combo is violent and prone to getting set off, particularly about racial issues and his own insecurities.
* 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 is black.
%%* KitchenSinkDrama
* KnightOfCerebus: Things get seriously creepy after Combo turns up.
* KnuckleTattoos: Combo has them.
* MacheteMayhem: Combo's WeaponOfChoice.
%%* 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.]]''
** The actual names of the other characters are revealed in passing in both the film and the miniseries. Gadget is Gary, Lol is Lorraine, Woody is Richard, Milky is Michael, Combo is Andrew, and Meggy is short for Ronald Megford's surname.
* 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. Most of Shane Meadows' work takes place in the Midlands.
* 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]].
* 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]].
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