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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 ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Alison Alexander Alison Alexander ... Self (as Dr. Alison Alexander)
Brian Andrews Brian Andrews ... Charles Strachan
John Andrews John Andrews ... Prison Chaplain
Anthony Archer Anthony Archer ... Guard
Lindsay Arnold Lindsay Arnold ... Ikey's Jury 3
David Bannister David Bannister ... Man 2
Gavin Baskerville Gavin Baskerville ... Forster
Joe Bird Joe Bird ... Moses Solomon
Georgia Blizzard ... Nancy Solomon - 15-20 y / o
David Bloomfield David Bloomfield ... Drinker
Damian Brockie Damian Brockie ... Plain Clothes Cop 2
Rogan Brown Rogan Brown ... Henry Solomon
Bob Buchanan Bob Buchanan ... Ikey's Jury 4
Mat Burton Mat Burton ... John Solomon - 20-21 y / o
Thomas Byers Thomas Byers ... David Solomon - 17 y / o


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. Written by Alan Rosenthal and Helen Gaynor

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From New York to Hobart, and from the darkest jails and prison ships of England to the penal colony of Port Arthur, "The First Fagin' brings to life the passionate love and dramatic adventures of Ikey Solomon, family man, fence, and Charles Dickens' inspiration for Fagin. See more »









Release Date:

11 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Endstation H√∂llenkerker - Das abenteuerliche Leben des Isaak Solomon See more »

Filming Locations:

Tasmania, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (original version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tough life
21 February 2013 | by abcvisionSee all my reviews

Reading the stories of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist you are taken to a time of the ups and downs of this most famous protagonist. In the movie The First Fagin, you are taken to the alleged basis of Dickens character Isaac "Ikey" Solomon, a 19th century Jewish convict who garnered headlines by his tumultuous life. This docudrama blends flashbacks from the central characters as he served witness to the misfortunes that happen to him and his family. He always wanted to live a straight and narrow life but his situation forced him into a world of pick pocketing that lead to a spiral of events that led him right to the other side of the world in Australian penal colony. What emerges is a folk hero of sorts that faces anti Semitism and a justice system that placed a huge burden on his life. Saw this film as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

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