The First Fagin: world premiere at MIFF 2012
The Tasmanian feature documentary drama, The First Fagin, a Screen Tasmania supported production had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) as part of the Australian Showcase on Thursday, 16 August 2012.
The premiere was part of MIFF's 2012 industry focus on Charles Dickens during the 200th anniversary of the author's birth. The First Fagin, shot entirely in Tasmania by Roar Film in partnership with Queensland production company, Wild Fury Productions, was filmed in and around numerous historic Tasmanian locations and tells one of Australia's great colonial stories. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes (famed for her Harry Potter role and her one-woman Dickens stage shows), the docu-drama traces the true tale of Ikey Solomon, one of Australia's most infamous convicts and often rumoured to be the basis for Fagin, the "villainous-looking" criminal tutor and landlord in Oliver Twist. The First Fagin features an all Tasmanian cast including Ryk Goddard as Ikey and Carrie McLean as his wife, Ann and a large Tasmanain crew worked on the production.
Alan Rosenthal (writer/co-director) and Helen Gaynor (director) were singing the praises of the Tassie cast and crew during their Q & A session at the premiere screening.
Ryk Goddard aand Carrie McLean at the MIFF premiere of The First Fagin
Alan Rosnthal and Helen Gaynor at the MIFF premiere