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.

A set of first editions of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s three voyages around the world will be auctioned as part of the Dennis Joachim Collection.

Slice of colonial history

Collector Dennis Joachim spent 55 years building up an extensive private collection of early Australian books, prints, photographs and fine art that were auctioned this month.

Author Arnold Zable with Henry Nissen (left) and his twin brother Leon at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival. Photo: Morry Frenkel

A fighter’s extraordinary story

Acclaimed writer Arnold Zable has based his latest book, The Fighter: A True Story, on the extraordinary life of Australian Jewish boxing legend Henry Nissen.

Asylum seekers are escorted by the Australian Navy after being thwarted from reaching Christmas Island.  Photo by New York Times photographer Joel van Houdt

Eva’s fight for asylum seekers

Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner’s latest documentary Chasing Asylum exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and reveals the personal heartache of asylum seekers.


Power of the written word

Israeli author Nir Baram was born into a political family, but turned his back on politics for a literary career. He was in Australia recently to promote the local release of his novel, Good People.