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Shane MeadowsCritical Essays$
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Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey, and Melanie Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748676392

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.001.0001

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After Laughter Comes Tears: Passion and Redemption in This is England ′88

After Laughter Comes Tears: Passion and Redemption in This is England ′88

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(p.203) Chapter 14 After Laughter Comes Tears: Passion and Redemption in This is England ′88
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Shane Meadows
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Robert Murphy

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676392.003.0014

This essay analyses the complex thematic patterning of This is England '88, where Meadows explores crises in the lives of his central characters Lol, Woody and Shaun. He uses music, montage and symbolism to juxtapose Shaun's adolescent growing pains, Woody's increasing desperation as the trap of a well-paid job and a lovingly conventional girlfriend close around him, and Lol's spiritual torment when she is haunted by the demonic ghost of her murdered father. Meadows weaves these disparate strands into a satisfyingly dramatic structure in a way which displays his increasing sophistication and ambition as a film-maker.

Keywords:   Shane Meadows, Christmas, This is England 88, Catholicism, demon, exorcism, religion

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