Award-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk, TV drama Magnificent Century, psychedelic folk band Baba Zula and Azize Tan, the director of the Istanbul International Film Festival, all feature in Istanbul Special. The 30-minute programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday evening.
Front Row presenter John Wilson visited the city to explore its current cultural scene as part of Radio 4’s MINT Season, which is covering emerging economic powers
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The resurgence of the Turkish film industry is the focus for
Wilson’s talk with Azize Tan (image left). She explains that most of 2013’s big box office hits in Turkey were domestic movies, including a stand-up show by comedian Cem Yılmaz (image right). She also expresses her sadness at the demolition of the historic Emek Cinema, knocked down to make way for a new development and their experiences with the police as they tried to peacefully protest.
Photo by Emrah Kolukısa
For his last interview,
Wilson meets Murat Ertel, a member of Baba Zula, one of the city’s most popular alternative bands. Ertel plays an electronic Saz and shares his appreciation of stars such as Jimi Hendrix. He discusses why popular Turkish culture is currently devoid of political music, but adds that as many artists were active within the Gezi movement, this could change.
Photo by Milos Stosic
Front Row is Radio 4’s live magazine programme on art, literature, film, media and music, and has been broadcasting since 1998. The show is produced by Timothy Prosser.
Listen to Istanbul Special here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03nt938/Front_Row_Istanbul_Special_Orhan_Pamuk_Magnificent_Century_Baba_Zula/