The desire to blend his usual medium with fiction cinema does prove a jarring one however, with the various woven yarns never quite forming a cogent whole. There are touching moments and undeniable truths on show, but the conventional narrative that they are forced into feels uneven and the pacing is off - particularly towards the conclusion. It would be easy to see the same accounts playing out via documentary, or potentially even in something a little more formally ambitious. That said, what Goodison would have been setting out to do was raise awareness of the kinds of stories - rife with brutality, loneliness, and injustice - that can be found all too regularly in our own cities. Despite an undoubted agenda, the film also manages to present different sides to the situations, avoiding venerating its characters by keeping them admirably ambiguous. Fine performances by the young characters, and a keenly observed malleability in the ever dependable Jones enhance those blurred lines further. Whilst it may falter at times, Leave to Remain does prove a compelling watch and gives voice to a group who rarely have one.