This Is England '86 + Q&A

Shane Meadows' award winning This is England premiered at the London Film Festival in 2006 and went on to win accolades and awards, including Best British Film at the 2008 BAFTAs. The deeply personal project focused on a group of young people coming of age in 80's Britain, and their experiences of racism, bullying and skinhead culture in Thatcher's shadow. Meadows notably generated standout performances from his young actors, including Thomas Turgoose in his feature debut, and on completion of the project he felt there was much more that could be said about the characters and their evolution, and ultimately a four part television drama was born, created with and for Channel 4. The series was written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys) and directed by both Meadows and Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys, Misfits). After a preview screening at BFI Southbank, host Jason Solomons discusses the origins of and the working practices behind the project with the aforementioned contributors, as well as exploring with actor Vicky McClure the development of her character Lol.


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