Ari Folman stays animated for Hollywood satire

By Stephen Applebaum, August 14, 2014

Six years ago, Israeli film-maker Ari Folman found himself travelling the world on promotional duties for Waltz with Bashir.


Film gala dinner attracts a strong cast of characters

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

The stars came out for UK Jewish Film at its first gala dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Greta Scacchi and Maureen Lipman were among those on the red carpet, along with Academy award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), who brought his Oscar to show the 300 guests.


To be totally Frank, Jon Ronson's interests are on the margins

By Stephen Applebaum, May 12, 2014

Over the years, Jon Ronson’s fascination with finding out what makes people on the margins tick has seen him hang out with members of the Klu Klux Klan [“They didn’t know I was Jewish — they do now”] and the Aryan Nations [“They asked: ‘What is your genealogy?’ That’s the one time I felt some risk”].


Tributes to filmmaker Assi Dayan

By Naomi Firsht, May 2, 2014

The London Israeli Film Festival organisers have expressed sadness over the death of Asaf ‘Assi’ Dayan, film director and son of military hero Moshe Dayan.

Dayan died on Thursday in Tel Aviv aged 68.


Halimi filmmaker decries ‘sick society’

By Colin Randall , May 1, 2014

One of the most disturbing criminal cases in modern French history is about to be relived in raw and harrowing detail.

A film chronicling the last days of Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew murdered by a self-proclaimed Islamist, was premiered in France on Wednesday night.


Spielberg genocide centre

By Tom Tugend, May 1, 2014

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, is setting up a Centre for Advanced Genocide Research at the university.


Eurovision memories inspire film hit from Israel

By Simon Round, April 29, 2014

Eytan Fox is one of Israel’s best-known and most critically acclaimed filmmakers with a body of work which has addressed social, political and, particularly, gay issues. So which element of Israeli society gets the treatment in his new movie? Actually none of them. Fox has gone out on a limb to make the funny, affectionate Cupcakes, about the Eurovision Song Contest.


Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in Bad Neighbours, released next week

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2014
Jewish actors Zac Efron and Seth Rogen star together in new Hollywood film, Bad Neighbours.


Director is happy to be all at sea with stellar cast

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

Directing your debut feature film is always a major achievement. But this having come relatively late in his life, Stephen Brown is probably enjoying it more than most. The fiftysomething is relishing the round of premieres, festivals and award nominations that have followed his assembling of a remarkable cast for an adaptation of John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea.


Sleepless nights over getting my insomnia film made

By Nadaav Soudry, April 27, 2014

Fifteen years ago I was a student at Leeds University. My parents got me a place in Hillel House, a religious hall of residence on the university campus. It was there that I had an experience that was to inspire me to write a film.