The First Fagin
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The First Fagin
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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Feeding our curiosity with its potential as the source material for the Fagin character in Oliver Twist, the film has a deeper resonance with its Australian connection. As for our sympathies, unlike the Fagin of Dickens' world, they tend to favour Ikey"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The First Fagin is a great example of how true stories are often more extraordinary than fiction."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
"The life and crimes of a maligned man."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
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