The Film

The story of one hundred years of Jewish history told through the windows of The Green Park, a glamorous kosher hotel opened in 1943 on the British Riviera. The film serves as a poignant, moving and humorous lens on Jews in post war Britain, and British holiday culture.

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This legendary Jewish hotel was the ultimate holiday destination for more than 40 years and its history provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into Jewish life in Britain. The hotel became a key vacation spot for Anglo Jews from the day it opened its doors in 1943. A veritable who’s who of British Jewry (such as Beatles manager Brian Epstein) came annually for the kosher food, seaside glamour and to find possible mates. Britain’s answer to Grossinger’s, The Green Park Hotel in Bournemouth was overseen by the larger-than-life Bubba Richman, a chain-smoking, brandy-loving matriarch.

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This lively and warm-hearted documentary also delves into the history of Britain’s Jewish community, examining how it developed and flourished, and the role that this hotel played in creating a vibrant and successful life for English Jews.

“You spent fifty weeks a year trying to assimilate and two weeks a year going back to your roots.”