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Leave to Remain

A moving, poignant contribution to debates on UK immigration, born of a youth film academy project and soundtracked by Mercury Award-winning Alt-J.


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  • Director Bruce Goodison
  • Producers Kate Cook, James Levison
  • Screenwriters Bruce Goodison, Charlotte Colbert
  • With Noof Ousellam, Masieh Zarrien, Yasmin Mwanza, Toby Jones
  • UK 2013
  • 89 mins
  • Production company Indefinite Films

Leave to Remain began life at a film academy that gave unaccompanied minors who were seeking asylum in the UK the chance to train in filmmaking. Frustrated by the attempts to apply tired debates on immigration to the young people he met, director Bruce Goodison conceived of a 3 year project to train cast and crew for a film that would tell the unique stories of teenage asylum seekers, who unlike their adult counterparts often had no choice in their unaccompanied flight to the UK. Utilising his experience in documentary filmmaking to narrative story telling, the film tells the stories of Omar, Abdul and Zizidi, all played with great emotional intelligence by three bright new talents. Supported by more established actors, including Toby Jones, in the adult roles and featuring a soundtrack by Mercury award wining Alt-J,  Goodison’s film is a dramatically absorbing and poignant contribution to contemporary discussions on immigration in the UK.

Jemma Desai

Read the Time Out review.

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