REMAKE REMIX RIP-OFF | SUFF

I did it yet again – found another review from the splendid SUFF – . The festival ran from September 17th to 20th at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville and showcased some EPIC independent content. You can stalk them on Facebook HERE to stay in tune for when they release next year’s schedule.

To follow on from our SUFF reviews from the festival; YAKUZA APOCALYPSEPRISON SYSTEM 4614WHAT LOLA WANTSPEACE OFFICERKILLSWITCHJESUS TOWNTHOUGHT CRIMES, HELLIONSTHEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLEWE ARE TWISTED FUCKING SISTER and NINA FOREVER, we have , REMIX RIP-OFF and I swear blind it is the last one from SUFF (our largest reviewed festival), this is about the Turkish Film Industry in the 70’s, an industry that exploded and tried to stay in front of for its own style of film making, the problem was there was no education in film making and nearly everything was guerrilla shot with next to no budgets, they could not keep up with demand and literally ran out of ideas so started remaking, nearly frame for frame, U.S. films but with no money, sadly after they opened up to the rest of the world in the early 80s following a military coup the demise of the industry began when commercialism and films made their way into the country, and sadly this saw the end of the industry. 

Special thanks to the peeps at Kabuku PR for getting us involved in what was a spectacular discovery of movies. If you want to know more about REMAKE REMIX RIP-OFF – you can check out their website HERE.

Enjoy Kernel Nick’s review…….all the best…….JK.

 

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Before I start my review I thought I would explain a difficulty in reviewing and critiquing documentaries. There is a temptation to focus entirely on the topic of the documentary, and not discuss the documentary itself. There is, understandably, an emphasis on what the documentary is about. The success of the film rests on how interesting the story is. However we can’t forget that it is a constructed story, decisions have been made to show certain things in a certain way. When I look at documentaries I hope to not only look at the story itself but how the story is told.

Anyway, enough of my babble, lets get on with the show!

This is the story of the Turkish Film industry. Known as . Why does the Turkish film industry need a documentary about it? and why is it worth watching? Its actually a very interesting story.

 

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We are shown the history of Yeşilçam through interviews with directors, producers and actors, as well as a lot of archival footage. We start with the boom of Yeşilçam. Cinemas are overflowing with people, VHS rentals are through the roof. With the incredible demand for film, there needed to be a huge supply. One of the most mind blowing parts of the Turkish industry is how many films were being made. Each person interviewed had around twenty two films under their belt. One director recounting a period of time where he was making a film a week. With the incredible demand, the consumer, or rather the distributors on behalf of the consumer, began to shape the films being made. Pleasing the masses was the priority. Soon films were becoming a mishmash of story elements from popular books and films. Some of the people interviewed explained how they would sometimes use clips from other films. A certain fight seen was very popular so they put it in their new film. This only increased overtime. The crowd pleasing got so out of hand, for a period of time straight up porn was being added into films. Around that time the rip-offs were emerging. The Turkish Superman emerged, the Turkish Wizard of Oz and many many more. Complete remakes, often word for word, but with a fraction of the budget.

One director took us though his record collection, pointing out what American film soundtracks were used in what Turkish films. It turns out that the theme from Godfather was in nearly every Turkish film. Some of the archival footage is hard to believe.

Some of the most outrageous footage comes from the use of Star Wars in a myriad of different films. The Millennium Falcon comes flying in as a Turkish narrator goes on about some space battle.

 

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REMAKE REMIX RIPOFF has plenty of these great stories, but often linking them together was the downfall. Particularly towards the end the film became disjointed. I was struggling to know what was going on towards the end. What time period we were in, who was making the films, what films were being made.

The end of this film kind of summed up how I had been feeling the whole time. I was unsure. I was fascinated, but unsure. It felt like the film was strung together following interviews and tangents winding through the history of Yeşilçam. It needed more direction. Someone to guide the audience through it. Maybe that could have been having one prominent voice, or focusing on a particular person’s story. It was fairly general and I found myself getting lost in the massive amount of archival footage. It was intercut with the interviews, sometimes relevant to what was being said, sometimes I felt like it was being shown for that sake of being shown.

I don’t think I needed my hand held the entire time, but a little bit of guidance goes a long way. We got glimpses of this throughout. Hearing someone’s personal story, or being shown through the home of one director. We didn’t stay there long enough, we were quickly whisked away to another story from another person about another film.

 

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The quantity of subject matter could be seen as a blessing and a curse. I understand that the filmmakers wanted to show an overview of the entire industry, to show the sheer volume of films being produced. They succeeded in that, I got an overview of the industry, but I feel like I missed out on the personal impact that Yeşilçam had. We got a glimpse of some of this perennial impact at the end of the film.

The closing moments shows that the Turkish film industry seemingly missed out on the cultural expression that most industries have. I know that the film industry (no matter what country) is ruled by money, but there is still a level of expression and film holds a culturally significant place in society. The last we hear from some of the interviewees is how they never got that. Some of the most prolific directors and actors aren’t massive celebrities, despite how many people watched their work.

There is an incredible difference between Yeşilçam and Hollywood. The difference between what most of us know and this other reasonably large industry is the centre of this documentary. I found it fascinating, but I was left wanting to know more.

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

 

Nick enjoys movies, watching them, making them, and writing about them. he also likes to think he is funny and can write good. We won’t correct him about the last part.