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Screening of the film Hostile with Q&A

HOSTILE a galeforce film production

Screening of Sonita Gale’s film ‘Hostile’ about the impact of the hostile environment. The film will be introduced by Drs Helen O’Nions and Ruth Brittle, and will be followed by an online Q&A with the director.

  • When: Wednesday 15 March 2023, 5 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Chaucer Building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 15 March 2023, 1.00 pm
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Join Nottingham Law School's Dr Helen O’Nions and Dr Ruth Brittle for the screening of Sonita Gale’s film ‘Hostile’ about the impact of the hostile environment.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sonita Gale.

Film Synopsis:

Director: Sonita Gale | Countries of production: United Kingdom | Year: 2022 | Length: 97 min | Language: English | Certificate: 12A Cert

Film information

Hostile is a BAFTA and BIFA Longlisted feature-length documentary written, produced and directed by Sonita Gale, focusing on the UK's complicated relationship with its migrant communities. Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, the film focuses on the impact of the evolving 'hostile environment' policies that target migrants, including No Recourse to Public Funds which is forcing people into destitution.

The film explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and 'Highly Skilled Migrants' have been affected. The film features music from award-winning musicians Nitin Sawhney and spoken word from George the Poet. Nitin Sawhney also served as an Executive Producer.

Running time: 97 minutes

About the Director:

Sonita Gale is a British Asian writer, producer and director. Elevating the stories of migrants and marginalised communities is at the forefront of her work.

Sonita’s debut feature documentary as director, HOSTILE, is an award-winning and BAFTA and BIFA-longlisted film exposing the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants in the UK. Hostile has screened across the country at Picturehouse and independent cinemas, and has been selected for a number of international film festivals. In 2021, the film debuted at Raindance Film Festival.

Since then, Hostile was a finalist in the 2022 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (in the ‘Supreme Award’ and ‘Best Director – International’ categories) and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 British Urban Film Festival, and. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 South London Film Festival, at Filmocracy Fest 2022 and the Roxbury International Film Festival 2022.

For more information about Hostile visit the website.

Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Chaucer Building


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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