Film

Rachel Weisz’s father makes his movie debut

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Move over Rachel — there is a new member of the Weisz family finding success in the film business.

The actress’s 84-year-old father George has made his debut as a producer with a documentary telling the little-known story — set in Nazi Germany — of the first ever female rabbi.

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Heroic spy was inspiration for Bond girl Vesper Lynd

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2013

The daring exploits of a Jewish-born secret agent who was parachuted into France during the Second World War have been celebrated at a ceremony in London.

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Young director hopes to emulate Billy Elliot success

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2013

A director who already has a string of stage hits to her name has been appointed to a prestigious post at London’s Young Vic theatre.

Natalie Abrahami, whose recent production of After Miss Julie was praised by critics, has been chosen as the associate director at the Waterloo venue under the Genesis Fellowship scheme to encourage young theatre talent.

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Film charity win

May 2, 2013

A charity set up to encourage young Israeli, Palestinian and Rwandan film-makers has won an American award for philanthropy. Films Without Borders, founded by documentary producer Jill Samuels, beat Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution group to scoop the Britweek UKTI Business Innnovation award at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Coen brothers film generating heat at Cannes

By Zoe Winograd, April 19, 2013

This year’s Cannes Film Festival programme includes a long list of Jewish film-makers.

The prolific director-duo, Joel and Ethan Coen, are one of the festival’s hottest talking points with their new film Inside Llewyn Davis about a folk singer in 1960s New York.

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It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.

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Israeli film festival returning to London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2013

A celebration of Israeli film and television is to take place for the second time in London this summer, featuring a film by Moshe Dayan's son and an invitation for British industry members to meet their Israeli counterparts at a networking event.

The Seret festival, launched last year by Israelis Odelia Haroush and Anat Koren, will open on June 9 for a week.

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Trailer: A Late Quartet

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2013

Israeli-American director Yaron Zilberman tells the story of four members of a renowned New York orchestra. The film, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken, is in cinemas on April 5.

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Is Schindler’s List fatally flawed?

By Nathan Abrams, March 27, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s landmark Holocaust film Schindler’s List celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release next month. An adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s historical 1982 novel, Schindler’s Ark, it recounts the story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman and Nazi Party member who, by the end of the war, had saved hundreds of Jews from extermination.

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Spielberg’s Shoah project turns memory into action

By Tom Tugend, March 22, 2013

A 14-year-old New York high school student sat in his classroom and watched the taped testimony of a Holocaust survivor.

In the video, the survivor recalled how he had to kill the family dog as he faced deportation to a wartime ghetto, where there would not be enough food for humans and none for animals.

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