THURSDAY, 5 December 2013, 6.30pm AT THE WIENER LIBRARY

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

A lecture series organized by the Leo Baeck Institute and the Wiener Library.

 You can download the leaflet here.

‘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 theUniversityofReading. 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.

FilmTalk lectures are held at The Wiener Library,29 Russell Square,LondonWC1B 5DPand begin at 6.30pm.

Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance by contacting the Wiener Library (email or phone 020 7636 7247 or visit

Underground:Russell Square; Bus: 188, 168, X68, 7, 59, 68