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Graduates' documentary premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival

Keep Quiet, a documentary co-directed and co-produced by UCA Film Production alumni Joseph Martin and Danielle Clark, has premiered at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Recounting the remarkable story of Hungarian anti-Semitic politician Csanad Szegedi who discovers he’s Jewish, their film follows Szegedi as he comes to terms with his heritage.

Having graduated from our Farnham campus in 2010, Danielle and Joseph became Channel 4's youngest ever director and producer team when their documentary Win a Baby was commissioned. Following the release of their follow-up film Scientologists at War, they were approached about making a documentary on the rise of anti-Semitism, particularly in Hungary.

“The main character is a former neo-Nazi who discovered he’s got Jewish ancestry,” said producer Danielle, who was in New York for the premiere of the film. “Now he’s turned 180 degrees, and with the support of a rabbi, Boruch Oberlander, has become an Orthodox Jew.  The film questions and explores whether his intentions are genuine, or whether they’re politically motivated."   

“We went out there for a couple of weeks, looking for a story, and we came across Csanad Szegedi,” said Danielle, who ended up following the ex-Jobbik Party Vice President for over a year. At that point nobody knew what he was going to do. He’d been ousted from the Party and was reeling from the situation. When we approached him he was at the beginning of his journey of turning to Orthodox Judaism."

Danielle said that when they first approached Szegedi he was sceptical, and as he doesn’t speak English, all conversations had to take place through a translator. “I think it’s always best to be upfront,” said Danielle,  “so I told him ‘look, I don’t know how this is going to turn out, I’m going to be honest with the audience, and you might not come across very well. But what I can promise you is that it’s going to be an honest telling of your story.'”

Having now received its world premiere, Danielle and Joseph are now starting the process of selling the film via The Film Sales Company.

At UCA Farnham, we have a long history of launching talent into the film industry, with other successes including Gareth Edwards, whose next film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is expected to be one of the biggest hits of the year. You can find out more about our Film courses here.