The Simon Round interview

Interview: Jason Shifrin

By Simon Round, October 31, 2011

Businessman Jason Shifrin always knew how to make money. Unfortunately, he was also an expert in how to spend it. And he spent in huge amounts - on holidays, on cars, on houses and on his friends. When there was not enough money coming in to finance his lifestyle, he borrowed to fund it. And when those debts were called in, he borrowed some more to repay the original loans.

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Hired by Lord Sugar, but ruined by debt

By Simon Round, October 27, 2011

Businessman Jason Shifrin always knew how to make money. Unfortunately, he was also an expert in how to spend it. And he spent in huge amounts - on holidays, on cars, on houses and on his friends. When there was not enough money coming in to finance his lifestyle, he borrowed to fund it. And when those debts were called in, he borrowed some more to repay the original loans.

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Interview: Yoav Factor

By Simon Round, October 19, 2011

For most film directors, making a movie is a 24/7 job. However for Yoav Factor it is more like 24/6. Despite attempting to fit the shooting of his debut feature, Reuniting The Rubins, into a "crazy" five-week schedule, come Friday evening, Factor, much to the surprise of the non-Jewish crew, would leave the set to go home for Shabbat.

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Interview: Judy Ironside

By Simon Round, October 11, 2011

Judy Ironside spends so of her much time in darkened rooms watching films, that she likes to be outside whenever she can, which is why we are sitting in a blustery Clerkenwell courtyard on what is quite a chilly October afternoon.

Ironside, the founder and executive director of the UK Jewish Film Festival, is enjoying the breeze.

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Interview: Irma Kurtz

By Simon Round, October 6, 2011

Irma Kurtz greets me as I emerge from the lift outside her tiny central London flat. "I'm sorry," says the veteran Cosmopolitan agony aunt, clearly referring to the mess in the corridor caused by the refurbishment of the building. Over a cup of tea in her living room, Kurtz, slim and elegant at 76, apologises for her earlier apology.

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Interview: Lynne Franks

By Simon Round, September 15, 2011

Lynne Franks is wearing a badge which proclaims her to be an "outrageous older woman". She is chatting to me, while simultaneously briefing her PA and making herbal tea (she is currently detoxing from caffeine). She exudes energy and enthusiasm, and at 63 is bubbling with ideas.

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Interview: Alison Pick

By Simon Round, September 1, 2011

Having a novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize could easily be described as life changing, particularly for a young writer on only her second novel.

However, Canadian author Alison Pick's book, Far to Go, had already changed her life long before the day in July when she discovered that she had made the Booker longlist.

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Interview: Sir Bernard Zissman

By Simon Round, August 25, 2011

Back in the 19th century, Theodor Herzl had a crazy dream - that one day the Jewish people would have their own homeland where they would be safe from antisemitism.

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Interview: Tony Klinger

By Simon Round, July 14, 2011

Many children of illustrious fathers hesitate before following their parent's career footsteps, but for Tony Klinger, son of film producer Michael Klinger, it happened the other way around.

Klinger decided at the age of nine that he wanted to be a film-maker and was furious that his father, who came from an engineering background, changed career in middle-age to become a cinema-owner and, later

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Interview: Sir Sigmund Sternberg

By Simon Round, July 7, 2011

It has been a big few weeks for 90th birthdays. First the Duke of Edinburgh hit the magic number, but amid all the celebrations he still found time to send a letter of congratulations to mark the birthday of fellow nonagenarian, Sir Sigmund Sternberg.

Like Prince Philip, Sternberg is attempting to rein in his many activities now he has entered his 10th decade. But there is a lot to rein in.

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