Last Monday, we went to the IFI to see This is England. It was a long time since I'd last been there, but it hasn't changed at all - a very nice cinema and centre. It was buzzing - great to see a place like that doing well.
This is England is the story of a 12-year-old boy, Shaun, whose dad died in the Falklands war and who hasn't got any friends at school. His mother is nice, but he is looking for a male role model. He is "adopted" by a gang of nice skinheads. The movie is his story, when a racist skinhead gets out of prison and comes back to the gang, splits it and aligns himself with the National Front.
A simple enough story, but the little boy is fantastic and the other characters are great too, including "Combo", the guy who's just come out of prison (he is a wacko really, who has trouble controlling his violent impulses, but you get to see sides of him that the others don't see).
And the music is spot on.