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The documentary diariesWorking experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker$
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Alan Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993023

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.001.0001

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The First Fagin

The First Fagin

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The documentary diaries

Alan Rosenthal

Manchester University Press

This chapter illustrates the making of the feature docudrama “The First Fagin.” It is the story of a Jewish receiver of stolen goods who lived in London in 1820 and was thought to have been the inspiration for the character of Fagin in “Oliver Twist.” The film follows the adventures of “Ikey” from London’s Newgate jail to his transportation to the worst and most savage prisons in Australia’s southern island, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), and his trial at the Old Bailey. It is both the a story of love leading to downfall and an examination of the prison systems in nineteenth century England and Australia. Considerable coverage is given in the chapter to problems of research, co-producing a film in various countries, authenticity, working with minimum budgets, casting and working with actors.

Keywords:   Ikey Solomon, Newgate prison, Old Bailey, Arthur’s Penal Colony, Convict transportation, Van Diemen’s Land, Richmond prison

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