PODCAST | Sarah Bradbury interviews Paul Morrison, director of the film Solomon and Gaenor.
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Paul Morrison, director of 1999 Oscar-nominated film Solomon and Gaenor, spoke to us about celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary at the UK Jewish Film Festival. He shared with us his initial inspiration for the film, the importance of representing the Jewish community in the UK on the screen and his mixed feelings of hope and despair about our current climate of tolerance in the UK.
Solomon and Gaenor: 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? Winner – Best Film, Best Design, Best Camera (Drama) & Best Costume, BAFTA Cymru Awards 2001 Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2000 “[an] understated, beautifully layered performance.” – The New York Times.
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