JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Minyan’

Never fall in love with a bartender. David (Samuel H. Levine) is a 16 yr old Russian Jewish immigrant in 1986 Brooklyn who has just lost his grandmother. His old world parents want him to follow in their footsteps, but after too much vodka and some stolen glances at his fellow man in the shower, …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘‘Til Kingdom Come’

‘‘Til Kingdom Come,’ a shrewd and straightforward documentary featured in this year’s official selection of Sydney’s Jewish International Film Festival, opens in what remains of the community of Binghamtown, a former coal town in Eastern Kentucky ravaged by abject poverty and substance abuse, with little to keep the people together but the Bingham dynasty of …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’

Biopics are a tough thing to get right. Either your subject is so well known that you can’t possibly do them justice, or you pluck someone out of relative obscurity and introduce them to the world. A daunting task that ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’ tries to take on to the best of its ability. Stan …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Shiva Baby’

Forced family functions are an absolute nightmare. Awkward social interactions, invasive questions from people you barely even know, let alone like. The first directorial outing from Emma Seligman dives head first into one of those dreaded afternoons. Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is lost in life. Her parents pay her way as she switches majors in college …

Jewish International Film Festival Returns to the Big Screen

From star-studded features, gripping historical dramas, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (February 17 – March 24) returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world. Featuring 51 films from 19 countries, the Festival builds on over 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 29 features, 19 documentaries, and episodes …

Review – ‘The Vigil’

Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighborhood. Having lost his faith, Yakov (Dave Davis – Greyhound) isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig – Menashe), a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group …

Netflix Review – ‘Messiah: Season 1’

“You are what you believe.” The religious-based thriller series, Messiah, is one of the first new Netflix Originals of 2020. Created by Michael Petroni, known for writing films such as, The Book Thief and The Rite, the story unfolds from the points of view of multiple narrators. When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers …

JIFF Review – ‘What Will Become of Us’

“I have spent my entire life building this company.” – Frank Lowy Oscar-nominated documentarian Steven Cantor brings us a personal behind-the-scenes look into Frank Lowy’s life. Lowy, the Sydneysider who founded the global shopping mall giant Westfield has been on the top of his game ever since he first opened a store in Blacktown, Australia, …