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) and the Bafta nominated Scott Walker: 30th Century Man. From 2007-14 Mia was the Creative Producer for the Microwave Scheme, steering the development, production and release of numerous successful features including the Sundance awarded Lilting, starring Ben Wishaw.


Iztuzu is Produced and Directed by Wayward Women’s 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. 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.


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 helped enlist the support of the Dalyan community for the film, raised funds and secured sponsorship locally, helped find characters and locations, 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 Antics.


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.


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