Gal Uchovsky is widely recognized as one of the leading commentators on Israeli arts and culture. As a cultural journalist Mr. Uchovsky was one of the leading voices in the new-media revolution that occured in Israel in the 80's, namely the attempt to change the militaristic atmosphere in Israel into a more civilian oriented, less claustrophobic one.
In recent years Mr. Uchovsky has concentrated on filmmaking with his longtime partner and director, Eytan Fox. Together they created the the successful "Yossi & Jagger" and "Walk on Water" ($2.7m in North America, $7m worldwide). Their last movie, "The Bubble" came out in 2007. It was a major success all over the world winning more then 20 prizes in the Berlinale, Toronto, Torino and more.
For the last three years he has served as a judge on the mega popular Israeli version of Pop Idol where he was labeled The Israeli Simon Cowel.
Mr. Uchovsky came out at an early stage of his career and has many times been named the most influential gay person in Israeli media. He has been a vocal advocate of gay rights in Israeli media, often writing about the subject and serving as a role model for many young people.
New Israeli Cinema, from a personal point of view - How did it all happen?