Steven Spielberg ‘working on Obama film’

By Jessica Weinstein, August 17, 2015

Director Steven Spielberg is reported to be working on a film about President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Although Mr Obama still has over a year left in office, he has been in conversation with the Jurassic Park and Lincoln director about developing a “narrative” for the years after he leaves his post.


Michael Douglas given the ‘Jewish Nobel’

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Actor Michael Douglas was awarded the “Jewish Nobel” in a lavish ceremony last night in Jerusalem.

Mr Douglas, 70, was honoured with the Genesis prize for his commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.

His wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children Dylan and Carys, were all at the event at the Jerusalem Theatre to support him.


Film festival pulls screening after Odeon says no to a women-only audience

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2015

The organisers of a festival of Israeli movies has pulled the screening of a film by a Charedi director after the Odeon cinema group said it would not bar men from the audience

Gift of Fire was due to be show at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage as part of Seret 2015 festival.

Director Rechy Elias had demanded that it be shown only to women for religious reasons.


Oliver actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

Ron Moody, the actor who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Fagin in Oliver!, has died aged 91.

Mr Moody, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1968 musical film, died early on Thursday morning.

He leaves behind his wife, Therese Blackbourn Moody, and their six children.


Men banned from London festival screening of Charedi film

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2015

A Charedi film-maker has banned men from the screening of a film showing as part of the London Israeli Film Festival.

Israeli director Rechy Elias’s drama Gift Of Fire is to be screened at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage and at JW3, the London Jewish community centre, to a “female only audience” despite complaints from men who have requested to see the film.


Directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach call for boycott of Israel film festival

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 9, 2015

Over 40 artists and film-makers have called for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival, which opens this week.

In a letter to the Guardian, directors including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky and actress Miriam Margolyes were among those calling for cinemas in London to refuse screening of films that are part of the Seret 2015 season.


Film festival 'will never return to the Tricycle'

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will not return to the Tricycle Theatre, despite the venue's public apology for boycotting the event, the JC understands.

A source close to festival organisers said the apology had not gone far enough and had been motivated by financial concerns.


Meet the new Mad Men

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Picture this. Two Jewish film-makers sit down for a meal at boulangerie chain Le Pain Quotidien. It is Pesach, so Adam Baroukh and Eddie Sternberg are sifting through the menu for bread-free options.


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?


Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.