Event details

A special 20th anniversary screening of this Oscar-nominated Welsh-Yiddish classic. There will be a Q&A afterwards with director Paul Morrison, producer Sheryl Crown and actors Nia Roberts and Mark Lewis Jones.

Attending this event

Paul Morrison

Paul began as a documentary maker. His film Like Other People, about sexuality and disability, won the Grierson award for best documentary. His documentary series for Channel Four about British Jews, A Sense of Belonging, paved the way for Solomon & Gaenor, his first feature film.

He followed that up with Wondrous Oblivion, a comedy drama about a cricket-loving Jewish boy growing up in South London who befriends a Jamaican next-door neighbour who shares his passion.

His latest feature 23 Walks, with Dave Johns and Alison Steadman as two people who meet walking their dogs, will be released next year. He is starting work on what will be the third film in his British Jewish trilogy, The Leningrad Gig, which he describes as a Rock and Roll journey of return.

Sheryl Crown

Sheryl Crown is an extremely experienced film industry creative executive who has worked in theatre, TV drama and feature film production, originating, directing, developing and producing scripts for stage, broadcasters and cinemas. Sheryl’s track record includes Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Solomon and Gaenor, which she produced, and Oscar and BAFTA wins for Searching for Sugarman which she executive produced. Sheryl is currently Head of Development at New Sparta Productions. Recently, Sheryl has been an executive producer on Brimstone; The Lovers and the Despot; Tale of Tales; Miss You Already; and The Green Prince, among others. She is currently also producing a Documentary Feature film – Neither Confirm nor Deny – set against the backdrop of Watergate.

Nia Roberts

Nia has just finished playing Martha Washington in Washington for the History Channel. Other recent television credits include The Crown (Netflix), Hidden (BBC 4), Bang (SC4), Keeping Faith (BBC), Rillington Place (BBC), The White Princess (Starz). Her film credits include Feast, Last Summer, Just Jim, Patagonia, Third Star and Snowcake. Nia also has many theatre and radio credits and is about to appear in Hedda Gabler at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

Mark Lewis Jones

BAFTA Cymru-winning actor Mark Lewis Jones is renowned for his television roles in hit productions such as Stella, National Treasure and Keeping Faith, as well as appearances in blockbusters Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Apostle and Queen of the Desert. In 2016, Mark won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Actor in The Passing / Yr Ymadawiad and was nominated in the same category at the 2017 Awards for The Lighthouse. This year, Mark has featured in the acclaimed dramas Carnival Row and Chernobyl.

Films screening at this event

Solomon and Gaenor

105 min

“[an] understated, beautifully layered performance.” – The New York Times


This Oscar-nominated classic of British-Jewish cinema is 20 years old this year. Set amid the anti-Jewish riots of 1911, and starring Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts and Maureen Lipman, Solomon and Gaenor tells the story of a young Orthodox-Jewish man in South Wales who falls in love with a local girl. Will their love survive their respective communities’ prejudice and fear?

Awards & Nominations

Winner – Best Film, Best Design, Best Camera (Drama) & Best Costume, BAFTA Cymru Awards 2001

Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2000