Category: Film

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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). […]

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Turkish acting legend Tarık Akan loses cancer battle
 

Former heartthrob and leading man of Turkish cinema Tarık Akan has died today aged 66. His death was announced in a statement by the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation, where Akan served as a board member. He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital after recently being diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. Akan […]

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Turkish extras needed for filming in London this autumn

A British casting agency has put out an appeal for Turkish origin or Turkish-looking men and women of all ages to take part in paid film work in September and October of this year. While no mention of the actual project is given, The Casting Collective says filming will take place “in and around London, […]

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Makers of ‘Filinta’ team up with Hollywood producer for new Rumi biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio

A Turkish production company is working with Academy Award-winning screenwriter David Franzoni and Hollywood producer Stephen Joel Brown to create a new biopic about Mevlana Rumi. Es Film, the makers of Filinta, a hit TV series about an Ottoman detective, will co-produce the new movie with Brown’s Y Film Production. The details were revealed in […]

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‘Abluka’ and ‘Baskın’ among the Turkish films being screened at this year’s East End Film Festival

Turkey is this year’s special country focus at the East End Film Festival, which started on Thursday. Award-winning filmmaker Tolga Karaçelik is behind the selection of five Turkish films that is being screened during the 11-day festival. Karaçelik won last year’s East End Film Festival (EEFF) Best Feature Award with his second feature film Sarmaşık […]