A disastrous political comeback

By Anne Joseph, July 14, 2016

It was supposed to be the political comeback film for the disgraced former US congressman, Democrat Anthony Weiner, who resigned following a sexting scandal in 2011.


I was raised to be an artist

By Stephen Applebaum, July 8, 2016

It seems as if Rebecca Miller has been on a journey over the last decade that has brought her closer to her Jewish roots and, in some respects, led to her new film, Maggie's Plan.


Lynne's new Ab Fab life in the countryside

By Lynne Franks, June 30, 2016

"I'm so looking forward to seeing them all again. It's going to be like seeing old family!"


The film festival with a focus on family

By Anne Joseph, June 16, 2016

UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch some of the latest and best in contemporary Israeli cinema and TV when SERET International, the Israeli Film & TV Festival, opens in London on Sunday.


Taking Philip Roth to Hollywood

June 2, 2016

You know," says James Schamus, leaning in, "in Hollywood, there are a few of us Jews around!" He breaks into an infectious laugh. "You know, there are a couple! But Hollywood doesn't make Jewish movies! Think about it! It's bizarre!


'Picturing how I was almost not born'

By Stephen Applebaum, May 26, 2016

If the Nazis had had their way, the Franco-Australian film-maker/painter Philippe Mora, like so many Jews, would never have been born. His mother, Mirka, her two siblings and his grandmother were arrested in Paris during the Roundup (Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv), in 1942, and sent to a transit camp in Pithiviers, from where they'd expected to be transported to Auschwitz.


We must ask: Why kill Rabin?

By Stephen Applebaum, March 27, 2016

Let's be frank," says the Israeli director Amos Gitai, "cinema is not the most effective way to change reality. As my film shows, one gun with three bullets is a much more efficient way to change reality. But for me, cinema is a better way. It's making people think."


Tradition? No, I just want to write what I think is funny

By Jason Solomons, March 17, 2016

Charlie Kaufman, neat and tidy and with his shirt tucked in, is talking about the Oscars, where he was nominated for his latest film, Anomalisa. "It was a thoroughly miserable occasion," he wails. "There's all the neuroses, the anxiety and competitiveness, all in one room. I hated it." You wouldn't want Charlie Kaufman any other way.


Review: High-Rise

March 17, 2016

The adjective most often used to describe JG Ballard's literary genius is "dystopian". Many of his novels are frightening portraits of how a group of people attempt to create a better world and, instead, end up on a self-destructive orgiastic path to a man-made hell.


Review: Anomalisa

By Grant Feller, March 10, 2016

At last, the misery-fuelled rom-com we've all been waiting for. Not for Charlie Kaufman the Pixar-style life lessons smothered in upbeat bounciness. His new release is a bizarre, serious and at times engrossing study of the male mid-life crisis.