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All about Suzie

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-09

Summer Phoenix as Suzie Gold

Summer Phoenix as Suzie Gold

Set in north London, Suzie Gold stars Summer Phoenix as a 20-something who is torn between the nice Jewish boy her family is keen on and an equally nice non-Jewish who she really loves.

In this romantic/comedy drama, Suzie confronts her cultural identity and what love is about both in her home life and work life as a TV researcher.

SomethingJewish offers the essential top 10 guide to Suzie Gold, which gets its UK release on March 5 2004.

1. The film came about as producer Rebecca Green wanted to see a British chick flick being made. "Three years ago I wrote the outline of the story," she says, "I thought there were so many boys’ films - English films about football and gangsters and I just wanted to do something with girls, a bit colourful, a bit different."
Green handed the initial idea over to an old friend.  “Lisa Ratner wrote the first draft – she’s got a fantastic imagination and she embellished my simple treatment. It was essential to me that we had a director involved from an early stage.  I wanted someone with fresh ideas and Ric Cantor fitted that.  He’s Jewish and understands that world but also questions all of it.”

2. While the plot is Jewish, Green doesn't want to see it being ghettoised. "Suzie Gold’s dilemmas are universal," she says. "I didn’t want to make a comedy that alienates anyone or is seen as a minority film about Jewish people.  To me it’s a comedy about identity: a film that’s got some heart in it, some soul."

3. Suzie Gold was filmed over a seven week period in London and the Isle of Man. Locations in London included St John’s Wood and Hampstead Garden Suburb.

4. The film's opening and closing wedding scenes, were shot at the King David Suite in Marble Arch.

5. Playing Suzie Gold's mother is Rebecca Front. Front is knowne for her small-screen work in such shows as Knowing Me, Knowing You and Have I Got News For You.

6. Veteran British actress Miriam Karlin plays the role of Sadie Gold who befriends her younger relative Suzie.

7. Two Winklemans make an appearance in the film. TV presenter Claudia Winkleman has a cameo role as a telly presenter, while her sister Sophie, takes on the role of Debbie Levine, a friend to Suzie.

8. Sexy songstress Rachel Stevens has a cameo role.

9. Playing the role of Suzie's dad is actor Stanley Townsend. Spookily enough, Townsend will be on the big screen again this year in Wondrous Oblivion - starring as a Jewish father.

10. Director Richard Cantor cut his teeth on such TV shows as Ali G.