Category: Film

Film
2015 a record year for Turkish movies
 

As the world gears up for the Oscars in Hollywood this Sunday, the Turkish film industry is also celebrating its own commercial successes. Revenue from cinema admissions in 2015 reached an all-time high, with locally-made films accounting for over half of all Box Office receipts: TL 361 million (£88.2m) of a total of TL 681.4 million […]

Film
Free screening of Reha Erdem’s award-winning Times and Winds

Described as a “cinematic poem” by The Guardian’s Pete Bradshaw and included in The Times’ Top 100 Films of the Noughties, Reha Erdem’s film about three children growing up in a rural Anatolian village brings to the fore the struggles of life played out against social traditions and changing seasons. In a small village in […]

Film
UK premiere of Talat Gökdemir’s Haftasonu / Weekend
 

Turkish Cypriot filmmaker Talat Gökdemir brings a visual flavour of North Cyprus to London next week. Supported by the TRNC London Representative Office, the young director will debut his new short drama Haftasonu/Weekend at the Yunus Emre Cultural Institute on Thursday. Written and directed by Gökdemir, the film was shot over the course of eight […]

Culture
Free screening of Breath of the Beloved / Mâşuk’un Nefesi

Abdurrahman, a music conservatory student, is eager to perform the mevlit (a hymn about the birth of the Prophet Muhammed) just as it was hundreds of years ago. He sets out to learn by meşk (one-to-one training in the traditional arts), an increasingly rare form of teaching given the dwindling number of master practitioners. During […]

Features
“Islam isn’t the enemy… Islam is here to stay in the UK” says actor and former gangster-turned-Muslim Martin Askew

Perceptions about Islam, the gentrification of inner London, and ‘how do you tell your gangster family that you’ve converted to Islam’ were among the questions put to film director Andrew Hulme and actor Martin Askew at a special screening of Snow in Paradise,  a film which they wrote together. Inspired by Martin’s life and shot […]