Nick Read & Ayşe Toprak


Director of Photography
Meryem Yavuz

Anna Price

Original Music
Smith & Elms

Nick Read
Mahmut Kaya

My Name is Happy

Aspiring popstar Mutlu Kaya (Mutlu means ‘happy’ in Turkish) narrowly escapes an attempted femicide with her life. Despite life changing injuries, Mutlu goes in search of justice and to reclaim her voice as a singer.


Nick Read is an Emmy and Bafta nominated filmmaker who has shot and directed over 50 films, many of them in remote or high-risk locations. His work has won 2 Foreign Press Association awards, the Rory Peck Impact Award and the Creative Diversity Award for Best Documentary. His most recent feature documentary, Bolshoi Babylon premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, opened in 100 UK cinemas and was long listed for BAFTA & Academy awards.



Ayşe Toprak recently relocated from Istanbul to London. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has an MA in Media Studies at the New School. From 2011, she worked extensively for Al Jazeera in Turkey, London and Doha, producing social and political documentaries in the Middle East. In 2016 she began working on her first feature documentary, Mr Gay Syria. To date the film has screened at over 70 international festivals including IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, MOMA fortnight and Chicago Film Festival. The film won 14 awards, most of which were granted for enlightening human rights. 


UK, Türkiye,  2022
55’ 82'