Julia Stiles to lead US remake of Israeli drama

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Hollywood actress Julia Stiles has been cast as the lead in an adaptation of an Israeli series about a mystery at a secretive commune.

Timrot Ashan is the latest in a growing list of Israeli programmes to be given a US makeover, following in the footsteps of Homeland – based on the series Hatufim – and In Treatment (formerly BeTipul).


Interview: Gideon Raff

By Anne Joseph, March 2, 2012

A dimly lit Frankfurt hotel room filled with tension. A knock at the door; a letter is hand-delivered. A An elderly man's face occupies the screen; he wipes the sweat off his brow. "What now?" his colleague asks. "We wait," he replies. Eventually there is a telephone call. "It's a done deal," the elderly man says. "They're coming home."


UK showing for Israeli series that inspired Homeland

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2012

A hit Israeli television series about a returning prisoner of war is to be screened in Britain later this year.

Hatufim (Prisoners of War), which follows the attempts of two Israeli reservists kidnapped in Lebanon to rebuild their lives after they return home 17 years later, will air on Sky Arts 1 from May.


Claire Danes on "party town" Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Hollywood star Claire Danes, who shot episodes of her new series Homeland in Israel - "it was standing in for Iraq" explains how she saw another side to Israel during her stay.