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Tolga Örnek (born 25 August 1972) is a Turkish film director, writer and producer who, in recognition of his 2005 documentary, Gallipoli , was awarded an honorary medal in the general division of the Order of Australia. [1] [1]

Turkey Republic in Western Asia

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Ankara is its capital but Istanbul is the country's largest city. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.

<i>Gallipoli</i> (2005 film) 2005 documentary film directed by Tolga Örnek

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He studied at the Robert College, and later at the Istanbul Technical University. He received his MS in Engineering from the University of Florida and his MA from American University in Film and Video Production. Since his "Gallipoli" documentary he's moved into feature films, producing, directing and writing four feature films. He is the director of Losers' Club which is one of the highest grossing Turkish films ever produced. His film "Labyrinth" an action thriller has received wide international acclaim and has been distributed worldwide.

Robert College private high school in Istanbul, Turkey

Robert College of Istanbul is an independent private high school in Turkey. Robert College is a co-educational, boarding school with a 65-acre (26 ha) wooded campus on the European side of Istanbul in the Beşiktaş district between the two bridges on the Bosphorus, with the Arnavutköy neighbourhood to the east, and the upscale Ulus neighbourhood to the west.

Istanbul Technical University university in Turkey

Istanbul Technical University is an international technical university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the world's third-oldest technical university dedicated to engineering sciences as well as social sciences recently, and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. ITU is ranked 108th worldwide and 1st nationwide in the field of engineering/technology by THES - QS World University Rankings in 2009. Graduates of İstanbul technical university have received many TUBITAK science and TUBA awards. Numerous graduates have also become members of the academy of sciences in the U.S.A, Britain and Russia. The university's basketball team, ITUSpor, is in the Turkish Basketball Second League. The university has 39 undergraduate, 144 graduate programs, 13 colleges, 346 labs and 12 research centers. Its student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.

<i>Losers Club</i> 2011 film by Tolga Örnek

Losers' Club is a 2011 Turkish comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Tolga Örnek based on a true story, starring Nejat İşler and Yiğit Özşener as the co-hosts of a controversial mid-90s Istanbul radio show. The film, which opened on March 25, 2011 at number 2 in the Turkish box office, is one of the highest grossing Turkish films of 2011.


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