Breaking free from my own Groundhog Day

December 3, 2015

What brings you to The Jewish Comedy Festival JW3 in London?

I was asked. I spent many years not being asked to do anything. Yes, it is exciting to come to London and perform but being asked was the key. And good things almost always come from saying yes.

How did you manage to get asked in the first place?


Why Aaron Sorkin is cinema's finest talent

By Jennifer Lipman, November 26, 2015

There's a West Wing episode that culminates in the presidential team deciding it's time to "let Bartlet be Bartlet". It's time for the great man to let his convictions shine through, never mind the consequences. It's a mantra by which you suspect the show's creator, Aaron Sorkin, aims to live.


Reviews: Bridge Of Spies and My Skinny Sister

By Brigit Grant, November 26, 2015

Bridge of Spies (12A)

My Skinny Sister (12A)


No joke, we've got the funniest films

By Brigit Grant, November 19, 2015

Last week, the Writers Guild of America announced the 101 funniest screenplays ever written and gave the Jews good reason to kvell from ear to ear.


Review: My Nazi Legacy

By Brigit Grant, November 19, 2015

What terrible thing would your father have to do to make you admit he was a monster? For most people, discovering he was responsible for the murder of 75,000 innocent men, women and children would be enough, but not Horst von Wächter.


Fighting back to put antisemitism on the ropes

By Stephen Applebaum, November 12, 2015

Getting people to open their wallets for a first feature is never easy, says actor-turned film-maker David Leon, whose provocative debut, Orthodox, is playing in the UK Jewish Film Festival. "You know no one is going to give you that opportunity on a silver plate. So you have to find innovative ways of working around the system".


Review: The Lady in The Van

By Brigit Grant, November 12, 2015

If Dame is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an actress then it's time they came up with something extra for Maggie Smith. Make her a double Dame if necessary, as her performance as The Lady in the Van warrants it. And though he declined the Order of the Knight in 1998, playwright Alan Bennett will always be a Sir to me.


'My quest to understand the unapologetic Nazis'

By Stephen Applebaum, November 5, 2015

When Philippe Sands was growing up, the Holocaust loomed silently over his world like an unwanted visitor who won't leave.


Review: Burnt

By Brigit Grant, November 5, 2015

As the hottest dish in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper is definitely the right guy to play chef Adam Jones in John Wells's Burnt. When I first interviewed the then young Marco Pierre White, he was a lot like Adam. Arrogant, shouty, ingredient-obsessed with no tableside manner, he terrified diners but beguiled them with his genius cooking.


Rebels with a cause

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

Life imitating art imitating life may be a cultural cliché but, when it comes to Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon, it really does the job.