Alt-J to Score Bruce Goodison's Asylum Seeker Movie 'Leave to Remain'

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The movie, featuring Toby Jones, will mark the first foray into movie music for the 2012 Mercury Award-winning band.

LONDON -- 2012 Mercury Award-winning band and triple BRIT nominee Alt-J is to collaborate with director Bruce Goodison to compose a soundtrack for the movie Leave to Remain.

The movie, featuring Toby Jones alongside an ensemble cast of emerging talent, details the story of a young Afghan boy who arrives in London and follows him and a group of friends and his fight for a right to stay in the U.K.

Goodison approached the band after penning the script to his film while listening to the band’s debut album Awesome Wave.

It went on to be certified gold in the U.K. and has sold 350,000 copies globally, making it one of the biggest debut albums of 2012.

Alt-J vocalist and guitarist Joe Newman read the script for Leave to Remain and watched some of Goodison's other work, which includes My Murder and the BAFTA-winning documentary 10 Days to War.

The score will be Alt-J’s first for a soundtrack.

Leave to Remain was produced with the support of organizations the Oak Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, both of which are looking to harness the power of cinema to highlight the hidden stories of young people seeking asylum.