Film

Kelly Brook and Keith Lemon join pensioner at premiere party

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Pensioner Harold Moss enjoyed the red carpet treatment at the premiere of a film in which he appeared alongside Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and Kelly Brook.

Harold worked as an extra in Keith Lemon: The Movie, a comedy created by Leigh Francis, the man behind Bo Selecta and Celebrity Juice.

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Woody Allen asked to make film in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

A campaign to encourage Woody Allen to make a film in Israel is being backed by Shimon Peres and has two mayors vying to win over the director, who has never been to Israel. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat met Allen in New York earlier this year and invited him to visit the Israeli capital. Mr Allen said he would consider the offer.

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Todd Solondz - why the director of Happiness loves a loser

By Anne Joseph, June 28, 2012

A Jewish wedding forms the opening frame of indie film-maker Todd Solondz’s film, Dark Horse. Guests are seen dancing to the sound of loud music pumping, all with the exception of Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair), who are sitting awkwardly next to each other at a table, barely communicating.

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Film-maker's balanced Israel documentary causes anger in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An Irish film-maker has explained how his documentary about Israel and the Palestinians caused outrage in his home country — by taking a balanced view on the conflict.

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Why are we so awful at putting ourselves on the big screen?

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

If you feel like watching a feature film by a British Jewish film-maker there is plenty of choice — you could watch one of the many movies made by Mike Leigh, John Schlesinger, Michael Winner or several other directors of note. But should you wish to see films featuring British Jewish characters or with a Jewish theme, there is considerably less choice.

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Paris screening for Leeds Holocaust film

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 1, 2012

An award-winning documentary by Leeds filmmakers is to be showcased at the Memorial de la Shoah centre in Paris as part of national commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the round-up of Jews in Nazi-controlled France.

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Where to meet Monroe and the apes

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

There cannot be many 85-year-old Bafta winners who spend their time hanging pictures on walls in renovated basements.

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How Benny reclaimed the land

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2012

On April 24 1932, a five-foot-tall Jewish man led a hike up a mountain, which in turn led to titanic clashes between Britain's political left and right, between working and upper classes, and even to a public inquiry involving pop-star Madonna.

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Judaism inspires inmates

By Nissan Tzur, March 22, 2012

A Polish project to teach prisoners about Jewish culture as part of their rehabilitation is proving a huge success.

The Tikkun project, which was founded in 2003 by Jewish community leaders, aims to increase prisoners' tolerance of other cultures and religions.

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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

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