Shane Meadows’ drama series This Is England ’86, showed on Channel 4. This Is England ’86 is produced by Sheffield’s internationally renowned Warp Films. Screen Yorkshire backed the films through its Production Fund and supported Warp Films to crew up locally for the Sheffield shoot.
1986, the Mexico World Cup, Top Gun at the cinemas, The Final Countdown at number one and over 3.4 million Brits unemployed. A memorable year in the national psyche – and the year that Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is leaving school. Suddenly being young isn’t that easy and he’s got to find his own way in the world. The gang; Woody (Joe Gilgun), Lol (Vicky McClure), Smell (Rosamund Hanson), Milky (Andrew Shim) and the rest are back. Loud and proud, they’re looking for love, a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future. For this is no sob sob cut your wrists story – if the glass is half-empty then drink up.. Chris De Burgh is on the radio, but you can always turn the radio off.
This Is England ’86 was filmed entirely on location in Sheffield. Richard Knight, Location Manager, who also worked with Warp Films on Four Lions, talks about his experience working on the drama in his home city.
‘’As a Sheffield resident, I was delighted when I heard that Warp Films and Shane Meadows were interested in bringing ‘This is England ’86’ to my home city – the sweeping hills and the sheer amount of open space makes it such a visually interesting place in which to film and I’d had such a brilliant time working there on ‘Four Lions’ in 2009.The residents of Gleadless Valley where we based the shoot for ‘This Is England ’86’ were incredibly welcoming and friendly – and the support from Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Homes and the Gleadless Valley Community Forum made it one of the easiest and most rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on. I hope that both ‘Four Lions’ and ‘This is England ’86’ will mark a new association for Sheffield with vibrant, modern, cutting-edge drama and comedy. It certainly deserves it.”
This is England ’86 is acclaimed British filmmaker Shane Meadows’ (Somers Town, Dead Man’s Shoes) television debut and the much anticipated follow up to his BAFTA award-winning film. Reuniting the original cast, the four-part drama for Channel 4 is co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (The Scouting Book For Boys), directed by Meadows and Tom Harper (Misfits) and produced by Warp Films with support from Screen Yorkshire and EM Media.
What the critics said:
“Meadows makes a stunning televisual debut with the follow-up to his film This Is England” – Observer
“The acting is brilliant and it’s exquisitely shot…Class” – The Times
“Genius movie-turned TV show” – Zoo
“A beautifully observed, bittersweet treat” – The Guardian