A Jamaican man’s horrific experiences as a victim of the Windrush scandal has been made into a film.
The new BBC drama Sitting in Limbo explores the devastating effects of the Windrush scandal on Anthony Bryan and his family.
Bryan was wrongly detained and almost deported after living in Britain for over 50 years.
The Windrush scandal concerns people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and, in at least 83 cases wrongly deported from the UK by the Home Office.
Many of those affected had been born British subjects and had arrived in the UK before 1973, particularly from Caribbean countries as members of the “Windrush generation”(so named after the Empire Windrush, the ship that brought one of the first groups of West Indian migrants to the UK in 1948).
As well as those who were wrongly deported, an unknown number were wrongly detained, lost their jobs or homes, or were denied benefits or medical care to which they were entitled.
A number of long-term UK residents were wrongly refused re-entry to the UK, and a larger number were threatened with immediate deportation by the Home Office.
The film has been receiving raving reviews by critics. On the popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, one critic writes:
“A gripping, upsetting and tenderly told dramatic memoir of one man’s ordeal during the Windrush scandal. Its timing could not have been better.”
Another critic: “If the drama itself doesn’t leave you boiling with anger due to its slightly relaxed pace and faded palettes, then the ongoing facts of the scandal should.”
See the film’s trailer below:
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