UK Jewish Film Festival

Borat and The Coen Brothers to star at this year's UK Jewish Film festival

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2013

What do Borat, Charlie Chaplin, a tragic Argentine romance and a highly-charged Polish thriller all have in common?

They are all featured among the 70 movies being shown in London and across the UK at the 17th UK Jewish Film Festival.


Review: Despicable Me 2

By Brigit Grant, June 28, 2013

Attention parents, bubbas and zaidas everywhere. If the thought of another blanket grey weekend spent in soft-play hell with the kids is more than you can stand, fear not. Gru, his adopted orphans and those dinky yellow minions, have returned to chase away the bouncy castle blues and, like a good family board game, delight everyone from six to 96.


Review: I'm so excited

By Brigit Grant, May 6, 2013

As a rule, film directors are rarely seen on the Graham Norton Show. The toocheses that grace his scarlet sofa are strictly A-list, front-of-camera types with Quentin Tarantino being one of the few auteurs to ever make the guest-list. Until last week.


Forgotten Hollywood filmmaker's Jewish boxing movie screened

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

The great-nephew of a Hollywood filmmaker whose work has largely been forgotten said he was delighted to see one of his films screened at the Jewish Film Festival.


Jewish film festival celebrates record year

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2012

The director of Britain’s annual celebration of Jewish cinema has hailed its strongest year yet.


His People

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2012

Edward Sloman's delicious 1925 morality tale, made for Universal Studios, is a silent movie of the kind that must have launched the phrase "they don't make them like that any more." Rudolph Schildkraut, a renowned actor who had his own Jewish theatre in the Bronx, plays David Cominsky, a Jewish pedlar with a reverence for learning and not much ability to make money.


Off White Lies

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2012

Maya Kenig's scratchy father and daughter comedy (and that's a bit of a push) is set in the opening days of the Lebanon war of 2006 and features a feckless Shaul, played with disturbing accuracy by Gur Bentvich, and his confused 13-year-old daughter Libby, played by Elya Inbar.



By Jenni Frazer, November 5, 2012

So, finally, the first fruit of the long-awaited Israel-British film co-production treaty has reached the UK. Zaytoun, a kind of improbable step-bromance-cum-road movie, between a shot-down Israeli air force pilot and a Palestinian child refugee, was one of the opening gala films at this year's UKJFF and received a rapturous audience reception.


Eytan Fox: on the return of Yossi and why he wants to make a musical

By Anne Joseph, November 1, 2012

Reprising a film role is never easy.

Israeli writer-director Eytan Fox discovered as much when he first approached actor Ohad Knoller about recreating his starring role in Fox’s influential work, Yossi & Jagger.

“Ohad, who’s a dear friend, was ambivalent about the whole idea,” recalls Fox.


Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg, An Intimate Self-Portrait

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

One word for this 99-minute archive documentary chronicling the life and times of the writer and musician Serge Gainsbourg - smoking.

Narrated by the late, great (or should that be grate?) enfant terrible of the French avant-garde, this film, much of which is previously unseen footage, seems entirely viewed through a cloud of cigarette smoke.