CommercialsPop PromosShort Films    UKInternational

Mak Mahmut Akay arrives at The Visionaries.

by Andrew MacGregor

London-born director Mak Mahmut Akay now has Corin West and The Visionaries in his corner. Akay's carved out a niche for himself with films that explore his Turkish-Cypriot heritage, like 2022's 'We're Here'.

The eight-minute documentary is a whistle-stop tour of London's Turkish-speaking community. From cafes to barbershops, yoga studios to the Mayor of Enfield's office, it's a personable reminder of what this demographic has achieved. So, why don't more Turkish-speaking people appear on our screens or influence what's shown?

As one contributor notes: "Where there is representation, it's never creatives, actors, or photographers". It's a point well-raised by Akay and his cast, one of whom can only name three famous Turkish-Cypriots. Expect many more thoughtful outings like this in the future.

With a growing commercial reel to boot, Akay's excitement is understandable: "It is an absolute pleasure to be joining The Visionaries' eclectic roster full of directors with unique voices. It's been a dreamlike start from the get-go and I look forward to this journey with one of the most coveted and inspiring agents out there."

For more on what Mak Mahmut Akay can bring to your next project, ring Corin West on 07792 675 779 or email him via