November 2015
Close up of Hasidic Jewish boy sitting on his bed.
This month's pick
November 2015
SAMUEL-613 2015
By Billy Lumby - Writer/Director
15:45 minutes
The powerful story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London. This is the first fictional film made with the UK’s Hasidic population, including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue.

SAMUEL-613 is utterly immersive in every way, from its cinematography, through to its explosive exploration of religion, culture, and identity, the film is a must watch.



About the filmmaker: Billy Lumby - Writer/Director
Billy Lumby grew up in London, studied philosophy and began his career working as a creative assistant for directors including Ben Wheatley, Harmony Korine and Derek Cianfrance. He is represented by Colonel Blimp for commercials and music videos, and is currently on the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme, with a feature project about schizophrenia in development.
SAMUEL-613 is his third short film. It was commissioned by Dazed & Confused magazine and won the 2014 Pears Film Fund at UK Jewish Film. For a list of festivals it has screened at, plus more information on Billy’s work, please visit his website.

I originally wrote a script about Hasidic Jewish gangsters, but after getting to know the community, realised there are real social issues that can be just as dramatic. Without the skills, it can be difficult to make the leap between two worlds.

Billy Lumby