Leave to Remain






Indefinite Films


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 options are to either tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story. For Omar, and thousands like him, who arrive alone and scared on our shores each year, the asylum system is a cruel game of chance.

The film's narrative is not based on one real-life story but an amalgam of experiences drawn from several years of research, where Bruce ostensibly went undercover, to understand what happens to teenagers who enter our asylum system. The narrative is based on these first hand accounts and those of the adults working with them such as social workers, care workers, solicitors, doctors and even those within the Home Office, carving a picture true to life than any documentary could.

Featuring a soundtrack from Mercury Music Prize and Novello Award-winners Alt-J, this poignant film is brought to life through the powerful performances of an ensemble cast of emerging talent and young refugees trained by the film makers, supported by Toby Jones.