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samuel-613 (2015)

The story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London.


Billy Lumby


Billy Lumby
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Barklem-Biggs ... Shmilu / Samuel
Samuel Leibowitz Samuel Leibowitz ... Tatty
Letty Butler Letty Butler ... Shmilu's Wife / 'Jezebel'
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Zeidy
Robert Firth ... Aaron Feldman
Abigail Parmenter ... Chani
Hadassa Reich Hadassa Reich ... Gitty
Otto Baxter Otto Baxter ... Yoel
Bella Kerridge Bella Kerridge ... Bubby
Matty Turner Matty Turner ... Young Shmilu
Denise Orita Denise Orita ... Housing Officer
Emeka Sesay Emeka Sesay ... Street Bully
Alexander Aplerku Alexander Aplerku ... Street Youth
Magdalena Sverlander ... Girl (as Magdalena McNab)
Mo Herskovic Mo Herskovic ... (voice)


The story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London.

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Short | Comedy | Drama






Yiddish | English

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27 April 2015 (UK) See more »

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In an effort to contrast and compare the traditional differences between Jewish communities in the UK and those of the US, director Billy Lumby welcomed some of the ad-libbing offered by the American actor Robert Firth. Lumby allowed for some of the improvised Yiddish humor to highlight the more casual relationship that some American Jews have with their religion . See more »

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A rollercoaster of the mind
15 September 2019 | by vinnyhhSee all my reviews

A psychological roller coaster journey compressed into 15 minutes whilst dipping into the world of Hasidic Jews of London. The grainy imagery in between allowed for meditations and thoughts to be processed. At the end one wonders what a good balance between tight knit community with strict rules and absolute freedom could be or if we have to choose one or the other.

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