Australian Film Festival a huge hit in Israel

June 29, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
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Israelis were treated to an insight into Australian life through cinema thanks to the Australian Film Festival held this week in Israel.

Albert Dadon with Yarok Dekel, IDF radio commander     pic: Ariel Besor


Ambassador Andrea Faulkner

Australian Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner told media that the large turnout is “indicative that Israelis enjoy Australian films which enable them to see Australia’s perspective on universal issues”.

Melbourne-based businessman and jazz musician Albert Dadon fronts the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange which supported the festival, which runs through June and July with screenings in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The AICE also sponsors the Israel Film Festival held in Australia in August and September with films to be shown in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth , Adelaide and Brisbane. The festival’s timeframe is being doubled to 10 days with Dadon telling media that “it is a real tribute to Israeli cinema”.

Dadon told J-Wire: “The media in Israel is enormous. Front page of Ha’aretz and a one hour TV show reviewing all the films etc. The festival has been a feature in the Israeli calendar for nine years.”


Director and co-writer of “Wish You Were Here” Kieran Darcy-Smith pic: Ariel Besor

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