Attending this event

Julie Burchill

Julie Burchill has been a journalist and author since the age of 17. She has written more than a dozen books, including Unchosen: The memoirs of a philo-Semite (2014). The TV adaptation of one of her books, Sugar Rush, won an International Emmy. She is married and lives in Brighton.

David Schneider

David Schneider is probably best-known for his work with Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan, David Schneider is an actor, writer, comedian and Yiddishist.

Devorah Baum

Devorah Baum, co-director of the The New Man with Josh Appignanesi, is Lecturer in English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Southampton. She is the author of two forthcoming books, Feeling Jewish (a book for just about anyone) (Yale University Press, 2017) and The Jewish Joke (Profile Books, 2017).  This is her debut film as director.

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