Music for Films: Remake, Remix, Rip-off

First broadcast 5pm, 20th March 2017 on Resonance FM in London
[Repeated 6am, 25th March]

1 hour version, first broadcast 5pm, 20th March 2017. Safe for work.

Every month, interesting people talk about the music, films and music for films which have shaped their lives.

Tim Concannon, Roz Kaveney and film-maker Cem Kaya visit Umit and Son.

We explore Umit Mesut’s astonishing shop, a treasure house of every film format imaginable: from 8 and 16mm film, to rare Turkish VHS tapes. With Umit, we discuss the legacy of Turkish action star and radical film director Yilmaz Güney.

On our Scala map of London’s underground cinema we’ve put Cem’s documentary about Turkish “Yesilçam” cinema, ‘Remake, Remix, Rip-Off‘ at Dalston Junction.

In the podcast, we talk about Cem’s film with scholar Iain Robert Smith, whose book ‘The Hollywood Meme’ discusses transnational remakes of everything from ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Exorcist’ to the Turkish ‘Wizard of Oz’ and the Indian Superman.

Roz and Tim ponder the legacy of “films so bad they’re good”, Susan Sontag’s ‘Notes on Camp‘, as well as trans pioneer and the acclaimed “Worst Film-maker of All Time”, the legendary Edward D Wood Jnr.

(We namecheck Ray Greene’s documentary ‘Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies‘ and Greene’s radio documentary about Maila Nurmi ‘Vampira and Me‘).

Our video essay ‘Rip-off or dual evolution?’ on films “so bad they’re good”.

We also play ‘station to station’ linking every film on our map along the London Tube route through cast and crew (the Zen ‘Mornington Crescent’, if you will). How do we get from our last film (‘The Magic Christian’, at Southwark) to Cem’s documentary, at Dalston Junction, you may ask? With great difficulty and by underhand means, comes our reply. But, dear listener, have you come to associate ‘Music for Films’ with anything else?

Supermen of Malegaon

3 Dev Adam (3 Giant-Men a.k.a. Turkish Spiderman)

Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves The World a.k.a.Turkish Star Wars)

Aysecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar (a.k.a.Turkish Wizard of Oz)