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Leave to Remain (2013)

Three teenagers forced to leave their family, friends and homes behind learn to live in yet another hostile country. That country is the UK.


Bruce Goodison


Bruce Goodison, Charlotte Colbert (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Noof McEwan ... Omar (as Noof Ousellam)
Zarrien Masieh Zarrien Masieh ... Abdul (as Masieh Zarrien)
Yasmin Mwanza Yasmin Mwanza ... Zizidi
Farshid Rokey Farshid Rokey ... 5 Names
Ntonga Mwanza ... Alpha (as Ntonga Tango Mwanza)
Melanie Wilder ... Chloe
Toby Jones ... Nigel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Arditti ... Iranian Psychiatrist
Michael Brophy Michael Brophy ... Home Office Protection Officer
Sam Butler Sam Butler ... Mike Solicitor
Keir Carroll Keir Carroll ... Home Office Official
Jake Davies Jake Davies ... Toby
Sophie Duval Sophie Duval ... Home Office Official 1
Laura Elphinstone Laura Elphinstone ... Penny
Craige Els Craige Els ... Home Office Official 2


Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the point of having his refugee status decided, when the arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be the difference between life and death, his only options are to tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story? For Omar, and thousands like him, the asylum system is a cruel game of chance. Based on real-life stories, Leave to Remain is a coming of age drama that depicts a world hidden from view. Featuring a soundtrack by the award winning band Alt-J, this provocative debut feature from BAFTA winner Bruce Goodison, introduces an ensemble cast of emerging talent, young refugees and acclaimed actor, Toby Jones. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Indulj, hogy maradj See more »

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The film was filmed on location in both East Ham (London) and Wales. See more »


Written by River Henry
Performed by Terra
Produced by Yacoub Didi
Courtesy of Yacoub Didi & River Henry
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Important Debut Feature Film - Opens your eyes to the plight of young asylum seekers
16 June 2014 | by Sarah-8-703971See all my reviews

Leave To Remain is an important film about young asylum seekers who have arrived in the UK by themselves. Trying to navigate a confusing system with the UK Home Office whilst struggling with the daily problems of being a teenagers, Bruce Goodison has brought together a range of intimate stories in his script. I was impressed by the talent of the young cast, many who hadn't acted before and were taking on a big subject that required emotional depth.

Huge congratulations must also be given to Alt-J who provided a haunting score for this film.

A must see for all young people to learn more about what the asylum process is and the kinds of things that children have experienced in other countries that leads them to the UK. Would encourage schools and Universities to go and watch the film.

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