Film fes­ti­val seeks cash to cover cost of boy­cott

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SANDY RASHTY

THE UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val is try­ing to raise money to cover the ex­tra costs caused by the Tri­cy­cle The­atre’s boy­cott.

Direc­tor Judy Iron­side said that ar­rang­ing new venues had in­flicted an un­ex­pected fi­nan­cial bur­den on the fes­ti­val.

The the­atre did a U-turn last week and told the UKJFF it would screen their films but this will not hap­pen im­me­di­ately.

In an email to sub­scribers, she wrote: “Given the late­ness of the Tri­cy­cle’s de­ci­sion in our plan­ning process, it has been an ex­pen­sive process for us to re­lo­cate.”

She went on t o ask them to help “in some small way by be­com­ing a UKJF Mem­ber” at a cost of £50 a year.

The fes­ti­val was due to take place at the north Lon­don the­atre in Novem­ber. Ear­lier this month the venue said it would not host six galas and 26 screen­ings be­cause of the UKJFF’s “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” ties to the Is­raeli em­bassy, and de­mand­ing that the UKJFF re­turn £1,400 spon­sor­ship it re­ceived from em­bassy in Lon­don. The fes­ti­val re­fused.

But fol­low­ing in­ter­ven­tions by Is­raeli am­bas­sador Daniel Taub and

‘We be­lieve it is in our in­ter­ests to work with the Tri­cy­cle’

said: “We hope to be­gin the process of re­build­ing trust and con­fi­dence with a view to hold­ing events in the future.”

In her email, Ms Iron­side said that the UKJFF would not re­turn to the Tri­cy­cle un­til “our au­di­ence are ready”, but said she hoped that the fes­ti­val’s long-term future lay there.

She wrote: “We truly be­lieve that it is in the in­ter­ests of all par­ties to be work­ing with the Tri­cy­cle.”

The fes­ti­val will now be screened at more than 15 venues. New ones an­nounced this week in­clude the Cur­zon May­fair, the Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre in Gold­ers Green, the Odeon in Muswell Hill, and the Every­man in Hamp­stead. Venues out­side Lon­don will in­clude Cineworld in Manch­ester, CCA in Glas­gow, and MAZCC, Leeds.

Na­tional The­atre direc­tor Ni­cholas Hyt­ner, who is Jewish, has stood by his de­fence of the Tri­cy­cle.

In a pri­vate email seen by the JC, he said: “The Tri­cy­cle’s ini­tial po­si­tion did not amount, in my view, to any­thing like aboy­cott.Icould not stand by and al­low a the­atre I re­spect to be mis­rep­re­sented.” Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid, the the­atre agreed to drop its op­po­si­tion to the fund­ing.

I n a j o i n t state­ment, the Tr i c y c l e a nd t h e f e s t i v a l

PHOTO: PA

The Tri­cy­cle The­atre. Right: sup­porter Ni­cholas Hyt­ner

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