Asylum seekers are marooned on a Scottish island in a delightfully deadpan British drama
The schools are out for summer and there is plenty of fresh kiddie fare in cinemas. So if you’re too old for The Suicide Squad, Jungle Cruise, or equine animation Spirit Untamed, you’ll have to seek out this deadpan British drama.
Set on a remote Scottish island, we follow a group of asylum seekers as they await news of their immigration status.
Director Ben Sharrock knows how to play the waiting game too. There are some funny lines, but most of the laughs come from the puzzled face of Syrian musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) and the long pauses as he takes in his surroundings.
Omar bides his time chatting to Afghan Freddie Mercury nut Farhad (Vikash Bhai), and watching Abedi (Kwabena Ansah) and Wasef (Ola Orebiyi) argue over the plots of Friends.
There are also his English lessons where two oddball teachers (Sidse Babett Knudsen and Kenneth Collard) demonstrate how to apply for cleaning jobs and avoid sending the wrong messages at the disco.
There are no superheroes, superstars or talking animals, but this touching, wryly amusing drama is weirdly gripping.