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Dr Rachel Garfield: Imagining Multicultural London - Containment and Excess in ‘Snatch’ (2000)

This talk looks at the dynamics behind the comic book portrayal of East End gangsters in the film ‘Snatch’ and its depiction of Jews and other minorities.

FilmTalk 2013 - The Jewish Villain
A lecture series organized by the Leo Baeck Institute and the Wiener Library.

‘Snatch’ is a comic book gangster film that can be seen to represent the backlash against perceived notions of political correctness in what is effectively a public schoolboy fantasy of working class life in East London. However, the film also delineates the limits of this backlash in its depiction of minorities as either contained or as excess.
In her talk Dr Garfield will explore the tension between the genre, representation and Jewish Identity.

Dr Rachel Garfield is an artist and lecturer in Art at the University of Reading. Her writings include ‘Playing with History: Negotiation Subjectivity in Contemporary Video’, ‘Routledge Companion to Modern Jewish Cultures’ (2013) ed. Nadia Valman, Laurence Roth; ‘A Particular Incoherence; Some Films of Vivienne Dick’, ‘Between Truth and Fiction, The Films of Vivienne Dick’ (2009), ed. Treasa O’Brien.


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Date and Time:

5 December 2013 at 6:30 pm





The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247
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Leo Baeck Institute
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