13.11.2011 16.Cheschwan. 5772
After producing the smash hit ‘East Is East’ in 1999, Israeli-born Leslee Udwin speaks to ‘The Jerusalem Post’ about some of the challenges she faced when putting together a sequel.
Perhaps no one in the film world is a more logical guest for the 8th Women’s International Film Festival in Rehovot, which is running now, than "West is West" producer Leslee Udwin.
She was born in Tel Aviv (her family has been here for six generations), has worked both in front of and behind the camera and so has great insight into women’s issues in cinema, and she is one of the leading producers in the British independent film world.
Ordering in Hebrew at a Jerusalem café, she speaks with great pride of an ancestor who raised money to build housing for the poor in the capital’s Nahalat Shiva area, pronouncing the place names in a lovely British accent. Although she moved as a child from Israel to South Africa, Udwin has made her home in England for her adult life….