Dr. Nathan Abrams, a professor at Bangor University, has played an extensive role in curating the programme for The Jewish Historical Society of England’s forthcoming Jewish History Month, March 2019.
The theme of this year’s Jewish History Month is Big Screen Little Screen, Jews in British Cinema and Television.
It consists of a wide range of events; taster sessions, screenings, a walk, tours, discussions, illustrated talks and lectures – in a range of venues; iconic cinemas, community buildings, synagogues, film studios, museums – and in locations across the country; London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Southampton, Bristol, Sussex, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Many top-class historians, experts and well-known personalities have agreed to participate. Prof. Abrams is among the speakers, talking about James Bond and Stanley Kubrick, among other topics.
Sessions will explore the Jewish origins and themes of James Bond, the Ealing Studios and Michael Balcon, Jewish women filmmakers, British Jewish television drama. There will be a walk of Jewish Elstree and even a tour on a classic Routemaster bus to visit east London’s cinema heritage and its Jewish associations.
Nathan Abrams, Professor in Film and an expert on the role and representation of Jews in British film and television, said: “It is an ambitious and exciting programme, which seeks to uncover the untold history of the pioneering role Jews have played in UK film and television.”