The First Fagin
About The Film
Commemorating the bicentennial birthday of Charles Dickens, THE FIRST FAGIN traces the epic life of Isaac “Ikey” Solomon, the 19th century Jewish convict widely believed to be the inspiration for one of the most infamous characters in English literature, Oliver Twist’s Fagin.
In a series of reenactments supported by informative academic interviews, actor Ryk Goddard portrays Solomon’s exploits from petty pickpocket to receiver of stolen goods, his years aboard a squalid floating prison ship, his daring escape to America, and his long legal battle and harsh incarceration in an Australian penal colony. The film also questions to what extent the villainous miser of Oliver Twist was modeled after Solomon. What emerges is a sympathetic portrait of an honorable man who acquired folk-hero status and, in the face of anti-Semitism, had little choice but a criminal career to support his wife and children.
Featuring standout photography of historic locations in Tasmania, THE FIRST FAGIN is narrated by Miriam Margolyes, star of the Harry Potter films.
Film DetailsDirector: Alan Rosenthal and Helen Gaynor
Running Time: 87 min.
Subjects: Anti-Semitism, Biography, Teens/Education
North American Premiere