Missing Homeland? Help is at hand

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012
Some of  the cast from Hatufim, which inspired  Homeland

Some of the cast from Hatufim, which inspired Homeland

British audiences will soon be able to fill the gap left by the series end of the Israeli-inspired drama Homeland, at a new festival celebrating highlights of Israel's small and big screens.

On June 14 the inaugural London Israeli Film & Television Festival will open, giving British viewers a rare glimpse of the work of Israel's directors, writers and actors.

On the bill at the four-day Seret [Hebrew for "film"] festival will be Joseph Cedar's Oscar-nominated comedy Footnote. Also showing are White Lies, about a family reacting to terminal illness, and Invisible, in which two women attempt to move beyond being victims of the same serial rapist.

Seret will also be an opportunity to catch episodes from hit Israeli TV series and see why Hollywood studios are rushing to copy what turned Gideon Raff's Hatufim (Prisoners of War) into the award-winning and compelling Homeland.

Hatufim, which began this week on Sky Arts, is just one of several Tel Aviv-to-Hollywood transfers. Pilpelim Tsehubim (Yellow Peppers), could be the latest crossover hit after rights to the series were bought by the US Lions Gate studio. Hebrew episodes will be shown at Seret.

Festival-goers will also be able to see comedy Ramzor. Traffic Light, an English language version starring Kris Marshall, was shown in the US last year.

Last updated: 3:04pm, May 10 2012