Former right-wing politician Csanad Szegedi in a synagogue with Rabbi Boruch Oberlander in Keep Quiet.

Best of Israeli films

Films and documentaries by leading Israeli filmmakers will be screened during the AICE Israeli Film Festival in September. And the festival will award a $25,000 prize for the best film.

Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon in Indignation.

Education in life

The movie Indignation is based on American-Jewish novelist Philip Roth’s 2008 autobiographical work that drew on his days at university in Pennsylvania. Film critic Don Perlgut rates it 4 out of 5 stars.

A lavish scene in Handel’s oratorio, Saul, at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2015. Photo: Bill-Cooper

Festival fever, Kosky style

A spectacular production of Handel’s biblical oratorio, Saul, is bound for the 2017 Adelaide Festival with leading director Barrie Kosky at the helm.

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s latest work, Horses in the Sky. Photo: Eyal Hirsch

Cutting-edge kibbutz dance

Israel’s acclaimed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is in Australia later this month for the first time in 23 years to stage an exciting new production.

A packed session at last year’s Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival.

Festival time for authors

Leading Australian authors will join key international writers at this year’s Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, being held from August 27-28 to celebrate the quality of Jewish writing.

Artist Yvette Coppersmith in her Melbourne studio. Photo: Peter Haskin

Changing face for Archibald finalist

Artist Yvette Coppersmith, a finalist in this year’s $100,000 Archibald Prize, drew on the influence of popular actress Rose Byrne for her entry, a self-portrait titled Rose Burn.

Iranian revolution

Terror of the Iranian revolution

The powerful film Septembers of Shiraz is set in Iran during the early days of the Iranian Revolution as a wealthy Jewish diamond and gem merchant gets caught up in the chaos. Read Don Perlgut’s review.

Artist Jeffrey Kelson enters the Archibald with portrait of Moshe Fiszman

Survivor’s portrait entered in Archibald

Artist Jeffrey Kelson has pinned his hopes on success in this year’s $100,000 Archibald Prize on the determined look of 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Moshe Fiszman.

Batsheva Dance Company dancers test the boundaries on stage.

Dance of a lifetime

Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann spent eight years making a documentary about Batsheva Dance Company’s artistic director Ohad Naharin. After breaking box office records in Israel, the film is now in Australia.

Blake Lively, Cannes

Cannes showcase for Israeli films

Some of the best new Israeli films and documentaries that screened at the Cannes Film Festival and at Docaviv in Tel Aviv are bound for Australia later this year.