Meet the Production Team for Iztuzu.
Executive Producer Mia Bays has worked in the film industry for 25 years. Her documentary credits as a producer include the award winning Letters From Baghdad (2016: Co-producer), the Bafta nominated Scott Walker: 30th Century Man and Fadia’s Tree (2022). From 2007-14 Mia was the Creative Producer for the Microwave Scheme, steering the development, production and release of numerous successful features. In 2021 Mia was appointed as Director of the British Film Institute’s Film Fund.
Iztuzu is Directed by Miriam Day. Miriam trained as a fiction director at the UK’s National Film and Television School and has 30 years experience of working in the Media. She had visited Dalyan multiple times over a ten year period prior to meeting Producer Atakan Soruc and deciding to make a documentary about the Dalyan Delta and the unique community that live there.
Nicola Black is a BAFTA Scotland winning producer/director making documentaries, Factual Series and Music and Arts programmes for BBC and Channel 4. The films she has Produced/Directed have been distributed internationally and screened at NFT and GFT. Nicola also produced Channel 4’s flagship animation scheme MESH commissioning over 30 short films which have been distributed globally, winning multiple awards.
Executive Producer Paul Sng is a bi-racial British Chinese film maker whose work focuses on people who challenge the status quo. His work has been screened internationally and his feature film credits include Dispossesion, Year of the Dog and Poly Styrene: I am a cliche – winner of the BIFA 2021 Best Documentary, BIFA 2021 Raindance Discovery Award and nominated for several Best Documentary awards including BAFTA and Grierson.
Producer Atakan Soruc worked for many years as a ‘fixer’ in Istanbul before moving to Dalyan in 2010, having spent summers in the village for much of his life. Atakan secured sponsorship, managed the pre-production and logistics of each shoot and acted as translator and cultural advisor during filming. Atakan is also featured in the documentary.
Director of Photography Nigel Kinnings has travelled all over the world, from Borneo to Siberia, filming cultural, wildlife and travel programmes. His credits include 20 programmes in the award winning Lonely Planet / Globe Trekker series, numerous programmes for Discovery & National Geographic, and 5 series of the BAFTA nominated Animal
Sound Recordist Rory Smith has a background as a field recordist and has been collecting his own a library of ambient and natural sounds since he was fourteen years old. Rory has worked on both drama and documentaries as a location sound recordist and has a Diploma in Production Sound from the UK’s prestigious National Film and Television School
Assistant to the Director Caroline Wildi is an actress and writer. Caroline and Miriam had collaborated on various projects over the years prior to Caroline joining the crew in Daylan for the winter shoot.
Production Assistant Adela Ryle has a diploma in journalism and a degree in International Relations. She had worked as a Production Manager at The Great Escape and SXSW Festivals before joining the crew for 3 of the 5 shoots.