Stew answered to any enquiry from his ex-student as to if the film “This is England” really was a true depiction.
This lead me to the series follow up “This is England ´86.
I hadnie watched someat from the UK non stop in ages, but over three days while I was ill with manflu this was my goggle box of delights.
Mopeds, shell suits, VHS, the World Cup, Carlsberg lager, skin heads, the Housemartins, Nena and the Buzzcocks. All these top accents to boot, what more do you want for a backdrop to a film.
Opening with a scene from the film is spun off from, the characters are dragged forward three years .Shuan who for me was the star of the first film leaving school to the a bleak Thatcherite tune. But this series was more ensemble with Woody, Lol and Milky forming a nice triangle of strong characters.
Cinematography was part documentary and set such to be the gritty drama it turns into. As I am a big fan off Mike Leigh (Naked, Life is Sweet, Secrets and Lies) Meadows for me treads quite well in his footsteps.
There are top accents and tunes as a backdrop to the film. The story is the real winner covering such themes as gangs, friendship, betrayal, abuse, alcohol, parties, laughs and the odd tear.
So if ya lookin to dip into gritty not cheesy 80´s past British culture this is for ya.