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‘The Entertainer’ Captures a Failed TV Star’s Second Life as a Bar Mitzvah Emcee

'The Entertainer' Captures a Failed TV Star's Second Life as a Bar Mitzvah Emcee

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The Entertainer

Logline: A dark Jewish comedy about a Bar Mitzvah entertainer with a drinking problem.

Elevator Pitch: 
In the 80s, Paul Limp was a famous children’s TV presenter. Today, he drives up and down the country in a cheap tuxedo entertaining at kid’s parties.

Tonight, it’s Charlotte’s Bat Mitzvah – and it’s set to be the best night of her life. Until Paul starts drinking.

Our film explores the sometimes bizarre and often hilarious world of North London Jews through the blurred eyes of a drunken party entertainer.

Production Team:
Director – Jonathan Schey
Award winning short films: “I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha” (picked by Jack Thorne as Film Of The Month on Shooting People), “Toby” (London Short Film Festival, the prestigious Berlin British Shorts Festival and had its American premiere at the San Francisco Short Film Festival.) Works at Independent Films (“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Starred Up,” “Moon”) in production and development.

Producer – Jodie Brown
Worked at Clerkenwell Films on hit TV show “Misfits.” Now works at ITV on epic series “Beowulf.”

Producers – Alcove Entertainment
Produced BAFTA Nominated writer/director Richard Ayoade’s film “The Double” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.

About the Film:
I want to make a film about the Jewish community I grew up in. It’s a bubbled world full of weird characters and even weirder traditions.

Growing up, the most important ceremony is a Bar Mitzvah – a ritualistic coming of age phenomenon full of embarrassing speeches, awkward dances, messy snogging and first time drinkers.

Most of these parties have an entertainer. An MC who parades around with a microphone – red faced and pissed on free wine. Our story follows one of these entertainers, and how he fits into this peculiar world.

Current Status: We are fundraising for the film on Kickstarter. We’ve been live for just over a week – and are 84% funded.

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