Communal film makes BFI 100

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

A film celebrating 150 years of Jewish life in Leeds has been selected for the British Film Institute collection, God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen.

Commissioned by Leeds Jewish resource centre Makor in 2011, the 70 minute documentary, The Last Tribe, was shot by local film-maker Simon Glass.

God’s Own Country was compiled for Yorkshire’s first BFI Mediatheque, opened last week at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The Last Tribe — which was shown at this year’s Toronto Film Festival — was chosen alongside major movies such as John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar and historic footage — for example, of a visit to Sheffield by Queen Victoria in 1897.

Mr Glass, 28, was delighted that “a film about our own community has such relevance that the British Film Institute and the National Media Museum view it as a significant part of the region’s heritage. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement to be included in the 100 films chosen.”

The collection can also be viewed at other BFI outlets across the country.

Last updated: 10:45am, August 5 2013