Attending this event

Benjamin Till

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.

Charles Galasko

Emeritus Professor Charles Galasko had a distinguished career. He was President of the British Orthopaedic Association, President of the International Orthopaedic Research Society, Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Higher Surgical Training(UK & Ireland). His work has saved 1000s of lives & improved the quality of many more. He was instrumental in the creation of the new specialty of Sport & Exercise Medicine & was elected inaugural President of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine.

Joy Wolfe

Joy Wolfe MBE JP is very active in the local and UK Jewish community She is president of StandWithUs UK which empowers students to challenge antisemitic and anti Israel activity on campuses. She is Life President of Manchester Zionist Central and of Manchester WIZO, and a Jewish Representative Council delegate. She is a school governor and a governor of Langdon special needs College. She is a founder of Stockport MS Society.

Films screening at this event

Why the Jews?

John Curtin
70 min

Modesty may be a virtue but the stats don’t lie: 22% of all Nobel prizes have been won by Jews, and don’t get us started on Jewish accomplishments in literature, film and art. This fascinating documentary turns to Jewish luminaries, including Howard Jacobson, Shimon Peres, Alan Dershowitz and Lord Jonathan Sacks, to find out the reasons for Jewish achievement. A lively debate is guaranteed.


Private: 100 Faces

Benjamin Till
13 min

Winner – Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 2018
World Premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival 2018
Winner, Gold Prize – Robinson International Short Film Competition 2019

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”.

Official Selection:
UK Jewish Film Festival 2018
Bogota Short Film Festival 2019

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019
Washington Jewish Film Festival 2019
LA Jewish Film Festival 2019
Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2019
Austin Jewish Film Festival 2019
Edmonton Jewish Film Festival 2019
Nominated, Best Soundtrack, Religion Today Film Festival 2019
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2020