UK Jewish Film Festival

Filmfest expands as UK plans Israel shoots

By Marcus Dysch and Nathan Jeffay, November 24, 2011

The biggest ever UK Jewish Film Festival ended this week with organisers promising an expanded event next year.

Documentaries, short films and TV shows from more than a dozen countries made up the 76 screenings at 14 venues over three weeks.


Gems from the UK Jewish Film Festival

By Jenni Frazer, November 14, 2011

Knowing that the programmers of the UK Jewish Film Festival have done most of the hard work before you, choosing films to see is more a matter of determination to be out and about nearly every night of the week — there are gems available throughout the festival.


Israel is tense and violent — perfect horror material

By Anne Joseph, October 27, 2011

'It's like an emotional roller-coaster. You're going to be scared, you're going to laugh and sometimes it's going to be dramatic," enthuses Israeli film director Navot Papushado, talking about the experience of watching a horror film.


The UK Jewish Film Festival 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

Drag queens, a vodka baron, fake nuns and Israel's David Brent are just some of the colourful characters coming to London screens for the 15th UK Jewish Film Festival between November 1 and 20.


Interview: Judy Ironside

By Simon Round, October 11, 2011

Judy Ironside spends so of her much time in darkened rooms watching films, that she likes to be outside whenever she can, which is why we are sitting in a blustery Clerkenwell courtyard on what is quite a chilly October afternoon.

Ironside, the founder and executive director of the UK Jewish Film Festival, is enjoying the breeze.


Sean Penn and drag queens on Jewish Film Festival bill

By Jessica Elgot, September 19, 2011

Drag queens, a vodka baron, fake nuns and Israel's David Brent are just some of the colourful characters coming to London screens for the 15th UK Jewish Film Festival in November.

The festival will not tour to the regions as it has done in previous years, but instead plans to host regional screenings across the country at the same time as the 2012 UKJFF, making it a national festival.


Helen Mirren stars in 'The Debt'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011
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Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay for The Debt, a film about a former Mossad agent whose Nazi-hunting past catches up on her. Starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, it is directed by Shakespeare in Love director John Madden.


Jesse Eisenberg stars in Holy Rollers

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011
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Ever wondered what a Chasidic Jewish drug mule would look like? Can you imagine the actor last seen as Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Netowrk playing one? Watch the Holy Rollers trailer to find out more.

Holy Rollers is released in the UK on July 8


Heiming up the bard

By Simon Rocker, November 22, 2010

Surprise hit of the Jewish Film Festival was Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish. A hundred Charedim turned up at London's Tricycle theatre, many familiar with cast members who had flown from New York for the screening. "I'm pretty sure that the Tricycle had never seen anything like it," said JFF director Judy Ironside, "and neither had we".


Hollywood legend gunned down in car

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

A legendary Jewish Hollywood publicist was shot and killed in Beverly Hills on her way home from the premiere of the new Christina Aguilera film.

Ronni Chasen, 64, who represented stars including Natalie Wood and Morgan Freeman, was found dead in her car after being shot several times in the chest.

She was driving down Sunset Boulevard at the time, and police found the car crashed into a lamppost.

Hours earlier she had been mingling with celebrities at the opening night of the Cher film Burlesque.

Born in New York, she founded the Chasen & Company publicity firm.