Having won rave reviews on the festival circuit, We Are Monster tells true-life story of how a violent racist murdered his Asian cellmate.

In 2000, the nation was rocked by the death of Zahid Mubarek, a youngster from Walthamstow. He was just about to be released from Feltham Young Offenders Institute and had promised to turn his life around having been imprisoned for the theft of some razors. Zahid had complained about the behaviour of his new cellmate, Robert Stewart, a known racist who due to a series of blunders and general ignorance had been placed in the worst possible place.

We spoke with the films writer Leeshon Alexander who told us about the challenges faced in bringing such a story to the screen. Leeshon also told us about his own battle to star in the film as Robert, with higher profile names initially touted for the role.