Alan Yentob has held almost all of the most prestigious posts in BBC television. He was Editor of Arena from 1978 to 1985 and is one of the country’s major figures in arts television, both as a creator and champion. He currently edits and presents the award-winning BBC1 arts series Imagine. His Arena director credits include I Thought I Was Taller. A short history of Mel Brooks.
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...
Arena at Jewish Book Week: Featuring I Thought I Was Taller: A short history of Mel Brooks
In-hall tickets are priced at £18.50
At-home streaming tickets can be booked for £12.50 by following this link
The ground-breaking BBC documentary series Arena is one of the most influential programmes of all time. Of the nearly 600 episodes produced, a considerable number focused on Jewish subjects, from Arthur Miller interviewing Nelson Man...
Online Streaming Pass – Sunday 3rd October
This pass gives you online access to six of our October events for half the price of the individual tickets. These events will be available to watch live or for seven days after the initial broadcast.
Events included in the pass:
Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy featuring Anne Sebba and Clare Mulley
Power Players: Ivor Crewe & Anthony Seldon
Billy Wilder: ...