Category: Film

Film
Free online talk: ‘Turkish Remakesploitation: Yeşilçam-era remakes of Hollywood cinema’

During the 1970s and 80s, Turkish cinema regularly churned out low-budget versions of Hollywood box office smashes and American television hit series. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Exorcist, E.T., and Superman were among those to get an often unauthorised Turkish makeover. These B-movies, often referred to as “Turksploitation”, are not only endearing to Turks, but […]

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On Windrush Day, a Turkish Cypriot experience of moving to Britain

In 2018, the United Kingdom held its first Windrush Day to recognise the contribution of migrants to British society. The date – 22 June – now celebrated annually, marks the day in 1948 when the Empire Windrush, a passenger liner docked at Tilbury, East London, bringing the first big group of post-war migrants from the […]

Film
Inspired by Baz Luhrmann, London filmmaker dedicates “Class of 2020” coronavirus clip to “frontline professionals”

A 5-minute video by Dowan Ahmet warning about the dangers of coronavirus and offering tips for “these uncertain times” has gone viral. Addressed to “the Class of 2020”, Ahmet’s clip has been watched by over ten thousand people. His tribute to “healthcare professionals and other frontline staff” who “risk their lives so you don’t have […]

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Rio to screen award-winning Insiders/İçerdekiler – where a sister must choose between integrity or indecent proposal

Insiders/İçerdekiler (2018) is a gripping tale of faith, hope and integrity. A teacher (Caner Cindoruk) who has imprisoned for six months for no apparent reason is told that that his wife will be allowed to visit him, even though conjugal visits are usually strictly prohibited. The sceptical teacher continually asks why they would allow this. […]

Film
Catch chef Musa Dağdeviren of Netflix fame in London for A Pinch of Anatolia

Chef, culinary anthropologist and author, Musa Dağdeviren is the leading authority on Turkey’s unique food traditions. He has been featured in the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table, and been raved about by foodies who have been coming to his restaurants for the past 25 years to sample recipes he has unearthed in all four corners […]

Film
Cinayet Süsü: the funniest Turkish movie of 2019, now showing at Odeon Lee Valley

Get ready for 2019’s funniest Turkish film: an action/comedy where incompetent homicide detectives try to catch a serial killer who leaves every murder scene newly decorated with paints, slogans and poems. Directed by Ali Atay, Cinayet Süsü / You’ve Got Murder stars Uğur Yücel, Cengiz Bozkurt, Binnur Kaya, Feyyaz Yiğit, Mert Denizmen, and Mehmet Özgür. […]

Festivals
Two Turkish movies in the Together Alone Film Season, showing this weekend at the Rio Cinema

Focussing on the “powerful feeling of a life alone” as experienced on the screen, Together Alone is two-day mini film festival curated by Octavian Dancila, an MA student at the National Film and Television School. Dancila has selected four absorbing, thought-provoking films that explore solitude from different, and often surprising perspectives. Selected with gender balance […]

Festivals
Turkish films screening at London Film Festival 2019

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival starts today. On until the 13thOctober 2019, it features the finest selection of new films front around the world, and with 345 films to choose from, there’s a lot to explore! The London Film festival (LFF) is a chance to discover the Oscar winners of the future, the most […]

Festivals
Full programme for 2019 Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey festival

Now in its second year and growing fast, Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey brings together the creative energy of a new generation of talent from Turkey. Not only does the festival provide a crucial platform, but it champions underrepresented voices by celebrating the power of independent cinema. Founded by the charity Balık Arts, the […]