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School of Law

Film Screening: Leave to Remain with QA from Director Bruce Goodison

18 February 2016

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: The Great Hall in the People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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Hosted by the  Human Rights Collegium and Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London with support from the Centre for Public Engagement

Leave to Remain is a provocative coming of age story about a young Afghan boy who’s arrival sets off a chain of events that jeopardises the future of those closest to him. Unwittingly he plays an unimaginable game of chance where winning and getting Leave to Remain to stay in the UK is not always what it seems, and all hope hinges on just how good a story he can tell.

Bruce Goodison wrote this film from the real experiences of the thousands of teenagers who land here alone every year, “Imagine what it is like to lose everything that is familiar to you and have to cope as an adult while still a teenager, in an alien society. Their stories can tell us something important about ourselves, and the way we treat others.”

This bold and enlightening film features, alongside established actors, a cast of teenage refugees who have been trained through a Film Academy run by the films creative team. It was an Official Selection of the 2013 BFI London International Film Festival and the 2014 Lucas International Children’s Film Festival.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the BAFTA award winning director, Bruce Goodison, and actor, Noof Ousellam. There will also be a talk by Professor Elspeth Guild, QMUL.

» This event will be followed by a drinks reception to which all attendees are invited.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

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This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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