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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Satur­day 25 March @9PM, Film4

Sean Mead­ows’ ec­cen­tric por­trayal of skin­head cul­ture in the 1980s is noth­ing short of a mas­ter­piece. It’s a tra­di­tional com­ing of age story laced with un­der­tones of Bri­tish cul­ture, while also man­ag­ing to tackle racism and vi­o­lence too. It fol­lows 12-year old Shaun (Thomas Tur­goose) grow­ing up in a derelict north­ern town in 1983. He’s be­friended at school by a skin­head gang, and his first taste of vi­o­lence quickly en­sues. Things turn sour very quickly, as Shaun be­comes en­twined with the Na­tional Front. Away from the ob­vi­ous act­ing tal­ent, ex­cel­lent cin­e­matog­ra­phy and gritty plot, there’s an incredible ar­ray of proper clas­sics to see too. Ford Con­suls, Corti­nas, and Granadas pro­vide am­ple street fur­ni­ture through­out the film, along with Tri­umph Dolomites and Jaguar XJ6s parked out­side of pubs – even a few Land Rover Se­ries IIs. One of the most mem­o­rable scenes sees Combo (played by Stephen Gra­ham) learn­ing to drive in a 1978 Toy­ota Crown. An ex­tremely cool car be­fit­ting an ex­tremely cool cult clas­sic film.


Great cars to look out for on this week’s telly

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