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“a tribute to Australia’s vibrant short-film culture and proof that the best universal cinema comes from strong local stories”
- Christian Jeune, Un Certain Regard, Cannes selector, May 20, 2005

“a wonderfully etched depiction of the Chassidic environment... If there’s a better film at MIFF than Tony Krawitz’s beautifully observed drama about a life in crisis, I’ve yet to see it.”
Tom Ryan highlights the Melbourne International Film Festival, The Age, July 24 2005

“a poignant character study told with empathy and delicacy... a gutsy piece of cinema that portrays a side of Australia we rarely see in film”
Monica Higgins,, 2004

“an affecting and intelligent Australian drama dealing with big issues in a microcosmic environment”
Dov Kornits, Filmink, October 2005

“Jewboy plays… as a work demonstrating Krawitz’ undoubted cinematic talent”
Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile. Novemeber 2005

“…evoked the stifling atmosphere of life in a sect without for one moment losing sympathy for even its most repressive characters”
Stephanie Bunbury reports from Cannes, The Age, May 25 2005

“consistently involving character study set in Sydney’s Hasidic community… avoids sensationalism, quietly formidable”
- Richard Kuipers, Variety, 19th May 2005

“4 STARS... exceptionally well-made film…The performances in this film are really wonderful – Ewan Leslie is completely convincing as the tortured Yuri, Saskia Burmeister, Leah Vandenberg, Chris Haywood are all splendid in their various roles, but the standout in the film is non-professional Naomi Wilson as Minnie, Yuri’s grandmother. It’s a role that gives the film heart and she runs with it. This film deserves all the accolades it’s gathered.”
Margaret Pomerantz, At The Movies ABC TV, 26 October 2005



Adelaide Film Festival, Australia February 2005
Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, France May 2005
Cologne Conference, June 2005
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech, July 2005
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, July 2005
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, July 2005
Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, October 2005
Capetown World Cinema - Sithengi, South Africa, November 2005
Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia, November 2005
Kerala Film Festival India, December 2005
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival Estonia, December 2005
Sundance International Film Festival, January 2006



Winner, CRC Award (Community Relations Commission NSW), Dendy Awards, Sydney Film Festival 2005
Winner, Best Short Film, Australian Film Critics' Circle Awards 2005
Winner, Best Screenplay Telemovie, Australian Writers' Guild 2005
Winner, 3 AFI Awards - Best Short Film, Best Screenplay & Best Cinematography
Australian Film Institute (AFI ) Awards 2005 - nominated for 6 awards.
Nominated, Best Short Film, Lexus IF Awards 2005

Dendy Kino Melbourne, Dendy Newtown Sydney
October 27 - December 14, 2005
SBS Television, Thursday 16th March 2006

Certified M by the OFLC