Benjamin Till is a BAFTA-nominated composer and filmmaker. He is best known for his pioneering work in the field of documentary musicals. He is the writer/conceiver of – and one of the grooms on – Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, one of Channel 4’s most successful ever broadcasts. The show won several awards, including a Grierson, and was nominated for a further ten major awards. Till is also a composer of stage musicals and has released five albums of music.
Attending this event
Joëlle Bentolila is the writer/director of a number of short films and documentaries. Her first feature film The Maze, starring Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Academy Award winner Sally Kellerman, won several awards on the festival circuit. Alongside a series of film and TV projects in development, she is currently writing her first novel, Nightseers.
Tibo Travers is a London-based film producer, working across Britain and France in fiction and advertising. He is the founder of film production company Sweetdoh. His latest production Void & Method was funded through the Emerging Talent scheme by Creative England, the BFI Network and the French region of Lorraine. He is currently setting up an Entrepreneur MA at the National Film and Television School, with Head of Production Chris Auty, supported by Patrick McKenna and Sir Richard Branson.
Barney Harris has starred in the BBC dramas Clique and The Hollow Crown, as well as in the films Billionaire Boy’s Club and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime (directed by Ang Lee). Another film, Russian American, produced by Molly Connors (Birdman), will be released later this year.
Tallulah Haddon has starred in British films Spaceship and Modern Life Is Rubbish as well as BBC series The Living and the Dead and Taboo, starring Tom Hardy. She can also be seen as the star of the E4/ Netflix hit series Kiss Me First.
James Larkin is an award-winning actor and director. He trained at RADA and starred as Dylan in EastEnders and Tony Blair in The Government Inspector. More recently, he appeared in “Hated in the Nation”, an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. He has worked with Kenneth Branagh in King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Oscar winning film Henry V, and with Dame Judi Dench, who directed him in Much Ado about Nothing.
Films screening at this event
- Benjamin Till
- 13 min
BAFTA-nominated composer and director Benjamin Till explores what it means to be Jewish in this quirky and heartwarming musical film. Till set himself the task of finding 100 British Jewish people, one born in every year between 1918 and 2017. The first shot belongs to a one-year-old in Leeds, and from then on in, with each new shot, the person featured is a year older than the last. By the end of the film, an entire lifetime of faces will have passed in front of viewers’ eyes. 100 Faces is a true celebration of the diversity of Jewish people filmed in Manchester, Northampton and London. Holocaust survivors, Kindertransportees and those who fought at Cable Street rub shoulders with chazans, rabbis and atheists. Some speak, some sing. All are accompanied by a specially-written soundtrack recorded by the Israel Camerata orchestra. This is a once-in-a-lifetime film, which Till describes as “a musical postcard from British Jewish people to the rest of the world”.
- Joëlle Bentolila
- Barney Harris, Tallulah Haddon, James Larkin
- 18 min
- Tibo Travers
Yehud, 19, a young married Hassidic man raised in a sheltered community, has all of his life been on the path traditionally followed by all Hassidic Jews. But when he immerses himself in the deep dark secrets of the Kabbalah and the study of quantum mechanics, his pious young wife doesn’t understand why there are suddenly so many unorthodox books in their small cramped Stamford Hill flat. And why he is no longer content with raising their baby son and just happy with the regular study of the Torah. What is he trying to tell her? And what will happen to him – and to them? As Yehud obsessively searches for answers to his many burning mystical questions, increasingly doubting his own identity, and the nature of being, their conflict grows – with irreparable and shocking consequences.