The novelist Martin Amis, a fierce critic of contemporary society, examines his take on Englishness. He reflects on a nation barely recovered from the loss of empire and brings a sharp, humourous and surprisingly affectionate touch to the exploration of sex, binge drinking, football hooliganism, the idea of fair play, multiculturalism, the Royal family and the tabloid press. The film, made by award-winning director Mark Kidel for a French TV series in which European writers explore their sense of national identity, is richly illustrated with archive footage from the British Film Institute and the BBC.

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