This Is England ’86 / ep. 1

Directed by Tom Harper
Great Britain / 2010 / 44'
Thomas Turgoose (Shaun Fields), Vicky McClure (Lorraine “Lol” Jenkins), Joe Gilgun (Richard “Woody” Woodford), Andrew Shim (Michael “Milky”), Stephen Graham (Andrew “Combo” Gascoigne)

In the prologue, Combo and 13-year-old Shaun sit alone in Combo’s blood-stained car, having just rushed Milky to the hospital (after Combo snapped and beat him into unconsciousness in the original film). Following a moment of silence, Shaun bids Combo farewell and leaves. Going forward three years, Woody and Lol’s wedding ends disastrously by Woody’s reluctance to marry Lol, and Meggy suffers a near-fatal heart attack in the toilets of the licensed private wedding venue. After Shaun sits his final exam in history, he gets in hassle with Flip (Perry Fitzpatrick) and his gang of moped-riding casuals. Flip orders Shaun to help him stage Flip defending his crush Gemma from a staged insult from Shaun. Gemma sees through this act and Flip, in his anger, assaults Shaun, leaving him bloodied. He is found by Lol’s mother and taken to the same hospital as Meggy, where he reunites with Smell, but does not join the rest of the gang in Meggy’s room. After urging from his mother, Shaun later gets a job working in a video rentals shop owned by Mr. Sandhu, the Indian shopkeeper with whom Shaun had a feud in the first film but is now close friends with both Shaun and his mother.

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