The First Fagin (2012)
When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous personas in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of Fagin was possibly based on the Jewish receiver and fencer of stolen goods, Ikey Solomon. Much as been written about Ikey's exploits, his amazing and daring prison escapes capturing people's imaginations through the generations. The First Fagin recreates the fantastical life of Ikey Solomon, the most famous criminal of his age. From London's dens of vice, to Newgate jail to Australia's prison shores, Ikey takes us on a journey into crime, punishment, adventure and love whilst struggling against the transportation system of 19th century England. … More
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Critic Reviews for The First Fagin
Feeding our curiosity with its potential as the source material for the Fagin character in Oliver Twist, the film has a deeper resonance with its Australian connection. As for our sympathies, unlike the Fagin of Dickens' world, they tend to favour Ikey
The First Fagin is a great example of how true stories are often more extraordinary than fiction.
Audience Reviews for The First Fagin
"The First Fagin" is about the incredible story of Ikey Solomon whose been said to have inspired Charles Dickens' character Fagin in Oliver Twist. This Doco-drama is a fascinating look at this convict's life in crime, punishment and journey across the seas between England and the colony of Van Dieman's Land/Tasmania. Confidently retold using mainly drama to authentically reconstruct the period of the early 19th century. Accompanied by Miriam Margolyes voice over, this film is a fascinating look at an unknown historical tale thats sure to impress anyone.More
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