UK Jewish Film Festival

Holocaust film scoops best debut feature prize

November 26, 2015

The curtain came down on the 2015 Jewish Film Festival last weekend with its prestigious Best Debut Feature Award going to Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes for his Holocaust film Son of Saul.


Starry opening for film festival

November 17, 2015

There was a glitzy turnout for Saturday night's gala opening of the 19th UK Jewish Film Festival at the BFI on the Southbank.



Why leave people in the dark about what they are truly capable of?

By Paul Lester, November 16, 2015

You may not have heard of Stanley Milgram, but chances are you will be aware of his psychology experiment from 1961. In it, he arranged for a dour scientist in a grey lab-coat to instruct certain people ("teachers") to administer increasingly severe electric shocks to an affable stranger in an adjacent room if he gave the wrong answers to questions in a test.


Fighting back to put antisemitism on the ropes

By Stephen Applebaum, November 12, 2015

Getting people to open their wallets for a first feature is never easy, says actor-turned film-maker David Leon, whose provocative debut, Orthodox, is playing in the UK Jewish Film Festival. "You know no one is going to give you that opportunity on a silver plate. So you have to find innovative ways of working around the system".


Star-studded opening to UK Jewish Film Festival

By Barry Toberman, November 8, 2015

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival got off to a glitzy start on Saturday evening as stars of the gala premiere, Closer To The Moon, joined 300 movie fans for a reception and screening at BFI on the Southbank.

Set in Romania in 1958 where antisemitism was rife, the film is based on the true story of a disenchanted group of Jewish friends who plot an audacious bank raid.


'My quest to understand the unapologetic Nazis'

By Stephen Applebaum, November 5, 2015

When Philippe Sands was growing up, the Holocaust loomed silently over his world like an unwanted visitor who won't leave.


Stars ready for film festival opening

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will open on Saturday with a sold-out gala screening featuring Game of Thrones stars Harry Lloyd and Anton Lesser.

The two actors appear in Closer to the Moon - which also includes Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong - and will attend a question and answer session after the screening at the BFI on London's South Bank.


WATCH: UK Jewish Film Festival Highlights

November 3, 2015

The Last Five Years

Based on the hit musical by Jason Robert Brown, a struggling actress and her novelist boyfriend recount the rise and fall of their five-year love affair.

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Rebels with a cause

By Brigit Grant, October 29, 2015

Life imitating art imitating life may be a cultural cliché but, when it comes to Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon, it really does the job.


Bringing compassion to the survival instinct

By Daniella Isaacs, October 29, 2015

Amir Wolf's Fire Birds, which premieres at the UK Jewish Film Festival next month, shines some well-deserved light on a generation that we too often ignore.

After the body of Amikom, an 80-year-old Israeli man, is found with three stab wounds and a mysterious tattoo, police detective Amnon reluctantly takes on the case.