Director Shane Meadows is to make a film about the rise of the skinhead movement in Thatcher's Britain.
Oi! This Is England will lay bare the violence and racism Meadows witnessed as he grew up in the Midlands in the 1980s.
The 32-year-old director will base the film on his own experiences as a young skinhead.
Set in his home town of Uttoxeter, it tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who shaves his head and falls in with an older neo-Nazi gang after his father dies.
Meadows said his early association with skinhead gangs had an enormous effect on him.
"The pulsating music and the skin-tight fashion, the 'f*** the state' attitude and the primal violence left an enormous emotional imprint on me. I believe this period of my life is the reason I became a film-maker," he said.
The director has spoken in the past about the shocking act of violence which prompted him to become disillusioned with his new friends.
"I convinced this guy that I was desperate to see a fight," he recalled.
"So he took me somewhere and beat this lad up. It was horrible. I thought it was going to be like you would see in the films - throw him about a bit, hit him in the tummy, hit him in the face, hooray, hooray, it's over.
"But seeing someone stamping on someone's face and feeling responsible for that, suddenly I was handed a big bag of emotions that I should never have had at that age."
Meadows describes Oi! This Is England as "my
most directly political film to date".
It will highlight the irony that the skinhead movement was born out of black reggae music before it was hijacked by the National Front.
The film-makers are in talks with reggae label Trojan to supply the soundtrack.
Part-financed by Film Four, the project has a budget of just $4 million.