Happy New Year is a unique and bittersweet coming-of-age tale about ten year old Michael Cohen. Michael’s world is a confusing mix of Jewish tradition and secular society, a result of his father, Ben, “marrying out”.  When Michael realises a spelling test falls on Rosh Hashanah, his father’s Jewish heritage becomes an opportunity to skip class. Underneath this simple tale, Happy New Year tells a deeper, universal story about how identity confusion can lead a child to behave in unexpected and unusual ways.

 

Time: 10 mins

 

Produced by Sophia Ramcharan

Directed by Simon Dymond

Written By Dave Herman

 

Executive Producers- Judy Ironside & Michael Etherton

 

The Pears Short Film Fund Coordinator at UKJF - Asher Tlalim

 

 

Cast

Michael - Luca Sterling

 

Ben - Luke McGibney

 

Sophie - Rowan Scarborough

 

Judah - Jack Dewick

 

Daphna - Tina Harris

 

Teacher - Shelley Draper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Children

Edward Flynn

Josh Smith

Jack Mitchell

Rhiannon Lewis

Cameron Jones

Mica Grant

Diontai Simpson

Tom Oldershaw

Lorik Deliu

Carter Pateman

Rachel Coates

Joel Wealthall

Isabel Milner

Phoebe Mann

Kiran Krishnakumar

Macaulee Bartram-Curtis

Demi Jo Parker

Nyrobi Beckett-Messam

Sophie Williams

Zion Morgan

 

 

Director of Photography - Karl Poyzer

Camera Operator – Karl Poyzer

Camera Operator - Joseph Maudsley

Camera Operator Dailies – Joseph Maudsley

1st Assistant Camera - Ola Mesmer

2nd Assistant Camera - Grant Murphy

Gaffer – Dave Bird

Spark -Josh Knott-Fayle

Editor - Silvia de Abreu

Camera Trainees

Kraig Winterbottom

Lucy Varney

 

 

1st Assistant Director - Chris Bevan

 

Location Sound Recordist - Grant Studart

 

Boom Operators

Gavin Gordon

Benjamin Hodge

 

Sound Design - Chris Cubitt

Composer – Tom O’Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Department

Art Director - Anya Kordecki

Make-up - Charlotte Price

Assistant– Victoria Collazos

Assistant - Lynn Bailey

Assistant – Ann Parker

 

Electronic Press Kit

Mike Saunders

 

Production Assistant

Ellie Wake

 

Runners

Alec Jordan

David Rattenbury

Todd Franklin

Matthew Bradford

 

Chaparone

Belinda Curtis

 

Special Thanks:

Liam Towndrow

Steve Deery

Diane Ashworth

Millicent Williams

Johnny Puszti

Ian Smith, Director, The Television Workshop

Norman Randall, The Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation

Broadway Cinema and Media Centre

 

 

 

Winner of The Pears Short Film Fund 2013. 

The UK Jewish Film Festival 2013 - Premiere

The Geneva International Jewish Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection

Amsterdam Shortcutz April 2014 - Film of the month

San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2015 - Official Selection

Happy New Year (2013)

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