Dear Home Office: Short Film + Q&A

Dear Home Office: Short Film + Q&A


Please note: This was screened in June 2022

90 mins

Produced as part of Subject to Scrutiny, a collaborative project between Migration Mobilities Bristol, University of Bristol and Bristol Refugee Rights, Dear Home Office shines a light on the UK asylum system through the lived experience of recent asylum seekers and refugees.

Created through a series of workshops and conversations during the first lockdown in 2020, human conversations with those directly effected by the UK asylum system were developed into a script in the form of a letter, then brought to life with the aid of ideas and discussions that emerged from the workshop.

The original aim of the research project was to find ways of moving beyond a familiar mode of representing asylum seekers, one which relies heavily on intrusive and traumatic experiences of forced migration and personal suffering, and instead to use filmmaking as a critical tool to scrutinise the UK asylum system itself.

Supported by Brigstow Institute.