Alan Yentob is the Creative Director of the BBC and Editor and Presenter of the Imagine programme. His films include Cracked Actor: David Bowie. He created the arts series Arena and introduced many innovative programmes including Have I Got News For You? and Absolutely Fabulous as controller of BBC Two and BBC One. He is also Chair of the Trustees of the children’s charity Kids Company.
Amos Oz: The Conscience of Israel
Alan Yentob profiles the writer Amos Oz, in the wake of the publication of his childhood memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness taking Oz back to the settings of his childhood in Israel. Oz, a passionate advocate of the two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, grew up during the formation of Israel and his lyrical memoir describes family trauma against the backdrop of the country’s difficult early years, and the story of its founders.
Amos Oz speaks movingly of his parent...
The Patagonian Hare
Claude Lanzmann fought in the Resistance, opposed the war in Algeria, was Simone de Beauvoir’s lover and Jean-Paul Sartre’s friend. He played a very important role in French intellectual life and is above all known for his magisterial nine-and-a-half hour film Shoah. He tells all this and much more in his extraordinary autobiography which was launched at Jewish Book Week 2012 and explained why he called it The Patagonian Hare. Few people have managed to refuse compromises like him and...
William Klein in conversation with Alan Yentob
The influential photographer, painter and filmmaker comes to Jewish Book Week to discuss his career and life with Alan Yentob. Klein (American, born 1928), the subject of a retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012, is known for his evocative street photography, pioneering fashion photography and experimental filmmaking
Gamechangers Series – Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution
Karl Marx was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history, yet he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker. His Jewish background is either overlooked or misrepresented and his attitude towards Judaism and Jews was highly complex. Shlomo Avineri, in this revelatory work, argues that Marx’s Jewish origins were integral to his work, placing his Jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective. The results are sometimes surprising. In this exclusive onl...