“Critics Choice”, The Sunday Times
“Heartfelt and unflinching”, The Times of London
“An extraordinary story, about separation, guilt and loss. And a touching, affecting, very human film….”, The Guardian
“funny, sprawling and powerfully touching film…a breath of fresh air”, The New Statesman
MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN is an epic family story that unfolds over four continents as the lives of an eccentric Jewish family are thrown into turmoil when two toddlers taken from their mother in 1950s reappear after 40 years.
When Lillian was a young teenage divorcee in 1950s London, her ex-husband took their children, Michelle and Andrew, to the local park on his visiting day. They never returned. The children were told by their father that their mother didn’t want them. However, as they grew up and saw their father’s unorthodox relationship with other women, they realised their mother may have wanted them after all. So, their 20 year search to find Lillian began.
This is a film with surprising and moving emotional twists in a journey of discovering the truth, exposing tragic deception and blocking out facts that are too painful to remember. It is ultimately an uplifting tale of the joy of finding your loved ones that you never expected to see again, discovering a whole new extended family, and proof that nature triumphs over nurture.
This film was commissioned by BBC Storyville and the ABC in Australia, and it has the further financial support from Screen Australia’s Documentary Producer Program.
MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on October 7. It was broadcast on BBC4 on 20 November 2017 and was widely acclaimed in media reviews, including “critics choice” in The Sunday Times, “heartfelt and unflagging” in The Times of London and 4 out of 4 stars in The Daily Mail. The film was a sold out hit at both the Jewish film festivals in Australia and the UK. It was broadcast on the ABC in Australia on 5 December 2017 and in Israel on the Yesdoco channel on 24 December 2017.
This film was directed by Danny Ben-Moshe from Identity Films produced by Unicorn Films.
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The New Statesman reviewed MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN as “exemplary work”. Read the review.
The film went to air on Yesdoco in Israel on 24 December 2017. Read the Hebrew review in Ynet.
Read the interview with director Danny Ben-Moshe in London’s Jewish Chronicle.