BENJAMIN BEE is a Newcastlebased writer/director. His short Step Right Up was long-listed for a BAFTA in 2014. Benjamin is the director of Mordechai funded by The Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF and 1987 funded by Creative England and the BFI.
+ Q&A with the winning teams and Asher Tlalim
Attending this event
LUCY KAYE Born in London, Lucy Kaye graduated from The National Film and Television School. She has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Vice, The Guardian with subjects ranging from PTSD to horse whispering. Lucy is the director and cinematographer of Memory Songs – winner of the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF
MARIA CARUANA GALIZIA produces films through her company Candle & Bell Limited. She has produced a number of award winning short films and has produced Mordechai – winner of the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF.
IVANA MACKINNON produces through her company Stray Bear Films. Her credits include The Scouting Book for Boys, The Descent and War Book. Her upcoming film Beast will be released in cinemas in 2017.
Films screening at this event
- Lucy Kaye
- 12 min
When your memory fades, your grip on reality becomes fragile and the sense of self slowly slips away. In a synagogue hall in North West London, a group of elderly people gather to find release. Using music and song they try to reconnect with themselves. Through the poetic use of poignant personal photographs and carefully assembled voiced-over memories, this film takes us into the emotional heart of these people, coping with the onset of Dementia.
Grand Jury Prize, Heart, Mind and Soul Award, Rhode Island Film Festival 2017
- Benjamin Bee
- Dan Mersh, Steve Strouzer
- 14 min
“In order to become the person you always wanted to be, you have to, on occasion, become someone else first.”
Daniel, an ultra orthodox Jew, hasn’t seen his identical twin brother Mordechai in years; Mordechai’s ‘life choices’ were a bit too much for the family to handle. But today is the day of their father’s funeral…
Mordechai is a funny and touching fable about family, faith and the roles we play.