Chicken soup and scouse is finally cooked!
AN epic 5-year
project documenting the life of Liverpool’s Jewish community has
been completed. 'Chicken Soup and Scouse’ is a lavishly
illustrated 75-minute film portraying the role of the city’s Jewish
population from the 1700s to the present day.
The documentary examines how and why Jews came to Liverpool, and how
the community became one of the most successful and influential in
the United Kingdom. It has been produced by local filmmaker Michael
Swerdlow and his brother-in-law Arnold Lewis, with financial
assistance from the Liverpool Culture Company’s Creative Communities
fund. Michael said:- “We wanted to ensure the result was
an informative and entertaining film as well as being a useful
historic reference resource for future generations. And
although we couldn’t fit everyone into the story, those
personalities we did highlight and the number of interesting stories
and anecdotes we tell, give an insight to the valuable contribution
members of our community have made to the culture and success of the
The film features
several famous Liverpool Jewish people including:-
* Sidney Silverman MP – campaigner for the abolition of the death
* Lord Cohen of
Birkenhead – a founder of the NHS and one of the Queen’s doctors
* Doctor Simon Fishel
– a leading authority on embryology.
* Ian Broudie –
singer-songwriter of the Lightning Seeds.
* Jason Isaacs – film
and television actor
* David Lewis –
founder of Lewis’s departmental store in the mid-1800s
* Frankie Vaughan –
* Lord Peter
Goldsmith – the Attorney General
Bradley, Leader of Liverpool city council, said:- “Liverpool
is a city famed for its religious and ethnic diversity, and it is
important that we recognise the role that our many communities have
played in shaping the vibrant and cosmopolitan Liverpool that we see
Chicken Soup and Scouse is available from June 12 at the 08 Place in
Whitechapel, priced at £10 (VHS or DVD). The film also has its own
BACKS LIVERPOOL 08
BT has become
an official partner of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture 2008
to help promote the city’s worldwide showcase. The leading
provider of communications solutions is the 10th official partner to
sign up with the Liverpool Culture Company.
The deal follows a 5-year extension to the joint venture partnership
with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Direct Ltd (LDL), signed last
The extension will save the city around £48m, and £8m of
that is being ploughed back into supporting activities such as
Capital of Culture, the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre and
the 2007 birthday celebrations.
Chris Sayers, director, local government, BT, said:- "2008
will be a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool to showcase itself to
BT’s partnership with the Council over the past few years
has achieved some tremendous success, and this is an opportunity to
widen our involvement to involve the community and the people of the
Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said:-
“The joint venture with BT has helped transform this council
and I’m sure their expertise will have a similar impact on making
2008 a success.
The quality of information and communication
we provide to the public is critical to 2008, with millions of
people wanting to know where to go and what to do.
that BT are on board to help spread the word about 2008.’’
Jason Harborow, Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, said:-
''This BT deal is fantastic news for 2008. A key role will be
promoting and communicating our major events. BT’s expertise will
enable us to take the 08 message to a huge audience.''
Merseyside is a key region for BT. It supports 25,000 jobs in the
North West and last year generated £875 million for the area.
Liverpool Direct Limited was set up in 2001, BT has invested £53m in
new technology to improve and modernise Liverpool City Council
services and are also investing a further £41m as part of the
extension to the contract to 2017.