Screening at JW3 as part of our UK Jewish Film: Back to the Cinema summer season and to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film.
UK Jewish Film is proud to present this specially curated selection of previous Pears Short Film Fund winning films followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Lewis Rose (The Chop), Sophie Shad (The Schnoz), Sam Leifer (Honeymoon Suite), Lana Citron (Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion) and Benjamin Till (100 Faces).
The Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film was established in 2006. The Fund’s goal is to create new opportunities for filmmakers in the UK, and to encourage and support the production and exhibition of short films on themes that engage with British-Jewish life, history and culture.
A charismatic young kosher butcher Yossi loses his job and, failing to find a new one, he decides to disguise himself as Yusuf in order to get work at a Halal butchers. Can he put on a convincing performance and keep his Jewish identity intact?
Director: Lewis Rose
Cast: Amir Boutrous and Sajid Varda
Director: Justine Priestley, Writer: Sophie Shad
Cast: Maureen Lipman, Helen Lederer, Sophie Shad
When Lydia’s grandma gives her a cheque for a nose job for her 21st birthday, it feels like a dream come true. That is, until she finds herself face to face with the ghost of her great grandmother, whose nose she has inherited.
The Honeymoon Suite
Director: Sam Leifer, Producer: Teddy Leifer
The Bride has at least one good reason: she only met him on her wedding day. This humorous look at arranged marriage by award-winning Sam Leifer is the second in a trilogy of Jewish-based short Films.
Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion
Director: Shimmy Marcus, Writer: Lana Citron
Cast: Jim Sheridan and Elaine Cassidy
Set in Dublin in the 1970’s this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland, as seen through the eyes of spirited seven year old, Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion – only problem is – she’s Jewish! An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of this story lies in its simplicity, humour, and the universal desire to fit in.
Director: Benjamin Till
Cast: Henry Goodman, Vanessa Feltz, Dame Maureen Lipman, Dame Janet Suzman, Dame Esther Rantzen and 95 other British-Jews
BAFTA-nominated composer and director Benjamin Till explores what it means to be Jewish in this quirky and heartwarming musical film.
UK Jewish Film members entitled to 10% ticket discount for this event.
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