Category: Film

Community
Record submissions for this year’s Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey film festival

Balık Arts has been inundated with film submissions for its four-day Turkish film festival in September. The Cambridge-based film charity received an astonishing 1,469 submissions from filmmakers hopeful of being included in the official selection for this year’s Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey. Festival Director Yeşim Güzelpınar said the application process had been […]

Film
BaBa ZuLa: 7 days left for filmmaker to raise funds for documentary about  Turkey’s leading psychedelic band

A Spanish filmmaker is seeking to raise nearly £11,000 for a new documentary, Constantly Flying, which tells the incredible story of BaBa ZuLa. Formed in Istanbul in 1996, BaBa ZuLa brings the popular Turkish psychedelic music of the 1970s,  known as Anatolian Rock, into the 21st century, fusing Eastern influences with electronica and dub, to create […]

Film
TIME Magazine and BTCA Arpalık documentary show it really was “death at high noon” for Cyprus in 1964

The international community and media and many Cypriots often wrongly claim that Cyprus was split in 1974, when in fact the division had occurred a decade earlier. This crucial detail is clear from reviewing historical archives and articles written by journalists present in Cyprus during or immediately after the outbreak of the Cyprus conflict on 21 […]

Festivals
‘Cut Short, Live Long’: get your free pass to a new Turkish international film festival that starts on Monday

If you’re looking for films beyond the obvious choices, this week-long movie fest packed with gems produced by upcoming directors and screened at some of the world’s best film festivals is guaranteed quality viewing. ‘Cut Short, Live Long’ (CSLL) is a new annual short film festival that will be making its digital debut simultaneously in London, […]

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 […]

Film
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 […]