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WELCOME TO BRITAIN

UK, 1976 (MIFF 1976)

Director: Ben Lewin

Half a mile from London's Heathrow airport, a wire enclosed compound holds visitors from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, East Africa and Cyprus, who arrived without an immigration permit.

Amidst the confusion of Britain's immigration laws, an East End cockney, Reuben ('Mr. Fixit') Davis, operates a commercial Immigrants' Advice Service. While his methods of operation are, strictly speaking, within the law, his style is unorthodox and to some, highly offensive. Particularly so to the Minister of Immigration, who wants to put Davis out of business.

Undaunted, directly challenging the Home Office, Davis now plans a scheme to bring to England large numbers of stranded wives and children from the Indian sub-continent.

This film, in a broader sense, is about the whole experience of immigration control, and particularly about those immigrants who are confounded by Britain's diminishing relationship with its old Empire.

See also...

THE CASE OF CRUELTY TO PRAWNS

UK, 1979
Ben Lewin (whose Welcome to Britain was shown in the 1976 Festival) made a lighthearted television comedy from an actual court case in Scotland, which attracted attention from newspapers ranging from… More »

THE FAVOUR, THE WATCH AND THE VERY BIG FISH

UK/France, 1991
... ... Featuring a stunning cast and the assured hand of director Ben Lewm, The Favour, The Watch and The Very Big Fish is a surreal and romantic comedy based on Marcel Ayme's book Samt-Sulplice. Th… More »

HOLLYWOOD GOLD

Australia/USA, 2002
Australian director Ben Lewin's fascination and obsession with jewellery was spawned during the production of his film The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish. It all started with a watch that J… More »

THE SESSIONS

USA, 2012
“A film of tenderness and humor married to the unlikeliest of subjects, The Sessions presents [this] story of poet and polio survivor Mark O'Brien… an exceptional, expertly acted crowd-pleas… More »

IN SESSION: BEN LEWIN

AUSTRALIA
Melbourne writer-director Ben Lewin has lived across three continents and, with three decades of filmmaking under his belt, took on Hollywood to create The Sessions with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and W… More »

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