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The Falklands War

This Is England

10 week war: Britain vs Argentina - ownership of Falklands islands

War divides Britain - war over belonging

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Thatcherism

This is England

Thatcher's policies on privatising industries

Industries -> redundant
3.5mil unemployed, particularly North

3

Subculture

This Is England

Cultural group within larger culture: separate interests/beliefs

Focus on skinhead subculture - Shaun joins Woody's gang

Subcultures united by rebellion against society

4

Disenchantment

This Is England

Feeling disappointment about someone/thing you previously respected

Combo returns - Woody realises his true nature
Milky's attack -> Combo loses Shaun's respect
All disenchanted with school, government, society

5

Working class

This Is England

Social group of people employed for wages - mostly manual/industrial work

Almost everyone = working class -> unemployed (miners strikes, steelworks)

Lol/Mr Sandhu = employed

6

Miners' Strikes

This Is England

Miners on strike 1984-85, protest against privatisation/mines closing -> unemployment

Unrest with government (Combo)

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Dependency culture

This Is England

Lifestyle characterised by dependency on benefits

All unemployed - no income, relying on benefits

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Society

This Is England

People living together in relatively ordered community

Society gone: divided into sub-cultures and ethnic groups

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Individualism

This Is England

Principle of being independent/self-reliant

Subcultures allow individualism to grow as society becomes independent of government

10

Social Realistic Aesthetic

This Is England

Art movement: draws attention to everyday lives of working class/poor

Life in 80s' Northern England - relatable, truthful, political/social messages

Continuity editing, natural cinematography - no expressive shots.

Uncensored, improvised dialogue, quiet score, non-diagetic sound = minimum

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Binary Oppositions

This Is England

Pair of opposing related terms

Woody/Combo:
Woody = kind, accepting. Combo = racist, attacks those in way.
Both paternal to their gangs. Woody favoured > Combo - anti-nationalism

Ethnic minorities vs White British:
Combo/N.F hate them, yet innocent. Woody's gang accept Milky. Ethnic minorities sympathised, yet focuses on white Brits - explores how hate groups created

12

Bourgeoisie

This Is England

Small section of society; owns most of wealth

Government/company owners - not seen, but impact felt (political graffiti)

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North/South divide

This Is England

Differences in life standard between North and South of England

Film set in North - lower wages, poorer healthcare, lower house prices

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Maslow's Hierarchy

This Is England

Belief all humans have hierarchy of needs that need to be met

Shaun moves up and down hierarchy throughout film

15

When main message most clearly communicated

This Is England

Milky's assault - directly after Milky talked about his big, close family

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Does main message question or support ruling ideology?

This Is England

Main message = understanding why people act way they do

Film questions ruling ideology (violence happens no matter what)

Idea of belonging - goes with ruling ideology

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IDEOLOGY
Which political ideas explored explicitly?

This Is England

Idea immigrants taking jobs, government not helping locals

Belief Falklands' war = pointless -> deaths

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IDEOLOGY
How Shaun moves through Maslow's Hierarchy

This is England

Start: 2nd tier - food, clothes, house/shelter, yet no friendship/sense of connection.

Meets Skinheads: 3rd/4th tier - intimacy, connection, respect of others

End: 2nd tier - potentially lost all he gained

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IDEOLOGY
Marxist idea of base and superstructure

Capitalist society = economic base (industry, finance, banks) and ideological superstructure (culture, education, church, family)

Superstructure creates set of beliefs that keeps society running

20

IDEOLOGY
How Marxist idea of Capitalists presented?

This Is England

Government never seen, yet controlling society

Characters feel impact of government, can't do anything about it

21

IDEOLOGY
How Marxist idea of Labour presented?

This Is England

Characters = working class, mostly unemployed
Shopkeeper = immigrant, employed

Many born in England = unemployed

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NARRATIVE
Vogler's Hero Model

This Is England

Ordinary world: Shaun with school bullies

Meets someone/given something - skinheads take him in

New world, new rules - Meets Combo, joins National Front

Greatest ordeal - Combo attacks Milky

Enlightenment - Shaun at beach

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NARRATIVE
Todorov's Equilibrium Model

This Is England

Equilibrium - Shaun hanging out with skinheads

Disruption - Combo arrives, Shaun joins National Front

New equilibrium - Shaun on beach

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NARRATIVE
Type of narrative and why

This Is England

Linear narrative - no flashbacks, cuts, etc.

Shows realism - cut-aways, flashbacks deter from reality, focuses on the plot

25

NARRATIVE
Enigma Codes

This Is England

Narrative device: presents audience with riddle/puzzle to be solved

Combo went to prison for Woody - why? Woody's hiding something

Is Milky alright? Shaun's mum says he is, but uncertain

Combo's introduced, already knows Lol. Relationship? Learn he had 1 night stand with drunk, 16 year old Lol

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CINEMATOGRAHY
How P.O.V shots used to influence spectator alignment?

Milky's assault

Shots from Milky's perspective, see brutality of Combo's attack, how much anger -> assault

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REPRESENTATION
How idea of masculinity represented

This Is England

Shaun's father died in Falklands War, needs father figure (Combo)

Only child, bullied at school, needs brother figure (Woody)

Binary oppositions:
Woody = inclusive, levelheaded, solves conflicts through negotiation, stands up to bullying.
Combo = violent, racist, solves conflicts through violence, irrational
Shaun's relationships with others shapes his character

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MISE-EN-SCENE
How St George's Cross creates meaning

This Is England

Symbolic of nationalism
Shaun steals flag from N.F meeting - impresses Combo
In Combo's flat for rest of film - including Milky's assault

Over montage where Shaun joins N.F
Shaun throws it in ocean after Milky's assault

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REPRESENTATION
How link between masculinity and violence created

This Is England

Though Woody portrayed positively, he's shown to respond aggressively to Gadget, though apologises

Combo calls Pukey a "queer" for questioning N.F's motives/actions

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MISE-EN-SCENE
How graffiti creates political/social relevance for 1983

This Is England

"Maggie is a twat" - Thatcher = prime minister, caused. unrest about - especially in North

"Nashnil Front" - Can't spell it: idea they're stupid, uneducated