We are currently in production for May You Go Laughing, a feature documentary for cinema. Following the adventures of one extended family, our film tells the story of a Turkish idyll saved from corporate exploitation by the local villagers, a British socialite, and the sea turtles that nest on Iztuzu Beach.

After an international campaign to protect the loggerhead turtles of Iztuzu beach, the beautiful Dalyan Delta was made a nature reserve. Within a decade the tiny Muslim community of Dalyan, home to 240 souls, became a global village welcoming 100,000 European tourists a year. Now apparent strife between the Islamic world and ‘the West’ has frightened the tourists away, the turtles face new threats, and the people of Dalyan must re-invent their lives once more.

Meet the Production Team for May You Go Laughing

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 Antics.

May You Go Laughing is Produced and Directed by Wayward Women’s Miriam Day. Miriam has 30 years experience of working in the Media. Her long standing professional interest in the culture of the Middle East, along with her love of Dalyan which she has visited over 20 times since 2003, informed her decision to make a feature documentary about the Dalyan Delta and the unique community that live there.

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.

Associate Producer Atakan Soruc worked for many years as a ‘fixer’ in Istanbul before moving to Dalyan. Atakan joined the crew in October 2016, helping fund raise locally for the documentary and working on the pre-production and logistics of location filming. Atakan is also featured in the documentary.

Production Manager Adela Ryle has a degree from Cambridge University, a Diploma in Journalism and has worked as a Logistics and Production Manager at the South By Southwest Festival, Texas, and Brighton’s Great Escape. She joined the crew on location in August and November 2017. Adela has been to Dalyan many times.

Caroline Wildi is an actress and story teller and a long term creative collaborator with director Miriam Day. Caroline helped on our February 2017 shoot in Dalyan, both as a production assistant and story consultant.