Category: Film

Film
Istanbul cat documentary Kedi now screening at the Barbican

  Londoners, if you missed the recent screening of Kedi at the BFI, you have another chance! This must-see film for cat and Istanbul lovers offers an intimate and fascinating tour of the streets, alleys and enclaves of Turkey’s biggest metropolis from a cat’s-eye-view. Roaming the streets of Istanbul, director Ceyda Torun follows seven felines […]

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Fluent Turkish speaking actors needed for London film casting on Wednesday

  A casting agency is keen to find professional Turkish speaking actors in the UK for an experimental film about Susurluk – one of Turkey’s most infamous car crashes in recent times. Atmosphere Entertainment has put the call out for middle-aged male actors to play two key characters in Scar, with filming due to take […]

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The Trans Sex Workers of Istanbul: special London screening and Q&A

  To celebrate LGBT Pride Month, the Frontline Club is screening two short films about the Turkish and Latin trans communities. Directors Andy Hayward and Olivia Crellin will be present for a Q&A discussion about their mini documentaries, chaired by India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender newsreader. The number of transphobic murders in Turkey has increased […]

Community
Another first: Manchester Turkish Film Festival 2017

Calling all film lovers: on Thursday evening, the Manchester Turkish British Association will be presenting the city’s first Turkish film festival. Seven award-winning Turkish short filmsfilms – a mixture of animation, documentary, comedy and experimental – have been selected from this year’s Eskisehir University International Film Festival for screening. The mini one day festival is […]

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Hababam Sınıfı actor Halit Akçatepe dies aged 79
 

  One of Turkey’s best loved actors passed away in Istanbul earlier today. Halit Akçatepe, who had suffered a stroke last year, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after experiencing breathing difficulties. A statement issued by the hospital said the veteran actor died as a result of a blockage to the upper part of his […]

Film
New Erdoğan biopic ‘Reis’ flops at the box office
 

  A biographical film charting the meteoric rise of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has bombed at the box office. Directed by Hüdaverdi Yavuz, Reis opened at over 300 screens on Friday 3rd March, but sold just 67,850 tickets to make 817,158 TL on its first weekend, leaving the film trailing in fourth place at […]

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Tamer Hassan’s new film Bitter Harvest in UK cinemas from today

  British actor Tamer Hassan stars alongside Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper, Samantha Barks and Max Irons in a new period drama about one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th century. Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in […]

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Remake, Remix, Rip-off – special screening of documentary about Turkey’s exploitation cinema

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Turkish film industry was churning out hundreds of movies each year. Many were shameless low-budget rip-offs of American box office hits: from Superman (Süpermen Dönüyor, 1979) to Star Wars (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, 1982), and E.T. (Badi, 1983) to the Wizard of Oz (Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde, 1971). […]