Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for


Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.


The fifth Beatle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

A film about the Jewish, gay and drug-addicted manager of the world's most famous music band is to be made in Liverpool.


Helen Mirren stars in 'The Debt'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011
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Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay for The Debt, a film about a former Mossad agent whose Nazi-hunting past catches up on her. Starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, it is directed by Shakespeare in Love director John Madden.


Boycotter Loach attends anti-racism sport event

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The director of Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC) has defended the inclusion of anti-Israel film director Ken Loach at its recent anniversarycelebrations.

Football agent Jeff Weston said he was shocked to receive an invitation to SRRC' s 15th anniversary event, only to find Mr Loach would be one of the guests of honour.


Horrid Henry's Jewish sidekick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

When one of the naughtiest children in fiction is brought to the big screen later this month, a north London schoolboy will be making his red carpet debut alongside several showbiz legends.

Eleven-year-old Gabriel Werb, from Elstree, is in the film adaptation of the beloved Horrid Henry series.


We're Strictly Kosher, but it's not a Big Fat Jewish Wedding

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 7, 2011

Jews who allowed TV cameras into the heart of Manchester's Jewish community have defended their involvement in a new ITV1 film, over concerns that the programme will over-emphasise the quirky and bizarre.

Strictly Kosher, which will be shown on Monday, shows a Bollywood-style batmitzvah, African dancers at a lavish barmitzvah and the clash of Ashkenazi and Sephardi customs at a Charedi wedding.


Jesse Eisenberg stars in Holy Rollers

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011
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Ever wondered what a Chasidic Jewish drug mule would look like? Can you imagine the actor last seen as Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Netowrk playing one? Watch the Holy Rollers trailer to find out more.

Holy Rollers is released in the UK on July 8


Liverpool first Arab film fest

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2011

Liverpool's first Arab film festival is to host three anti-Israel films and the French filmmaker Michel Kheifi, whose work was banned in France over concerns it whipped up antisemitism.

The July festival is a new addition to the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival which is in its ninth year and is sponsored by the National Lottery, the British Council and Liverpool City Council.


Films unearthed after 50 years

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

An 87-year-old documentary maker has spoken of his astonishment at having his films re-discovered, more than 50 years after they were made.