Finding the Voice of Taniel – Yeğya Akgün

Finding the Voice of Taniel – Yeğya Akgün

Director – Garo Berberian Unable to film in Turkey, our locations and cast came from the Armenian town of Gyumri. Our lead actor, Tigran Gaboyan, one of Armenia’s top theatre stars, was asked to perform without speaking because I wanted Taniel Varoujan’s words...
Sean Bean

Sean Bean

Garo Berberian – Director Sitting in my dad’s kitchen, drinking tea, the conversation of actor Sean Bean came up. As a British Director, it was really important for me to have an English voice for “Taniel” but it was not just an emotional decision: in 1915 the...
“Taniel” – a film with two voices

“Taniel” – a film with two voices

We have two strands of voice in “Taniel”: original Varoujan poetry read in Armenian, giving us a sense of the poet, his feelings and emotions through his words, and narrative poetry written by Ben Hodgson in English telling the story of the film, the connective glue...
The Soundtrack – Tigran Hamasyan

The Soundtrack – Tigran Hamasyan

What can one say of Tigran Hamasyan? He certainly is one of the best jazz musicians around.  His compositions are wonderful, Western and Armenian melodies combining and fusing into a sophisticated emotive concoction of sonance. Tracks like Lilac and Markos and Markos...
Taniel soundtrack։ Michael Nyman

Taniel soundtrack։ Michael Nyman

As a teenager, my love of ACDC, The Specials and Public Enemy wouldn’t normally make me aware of a composer of Michael Nyman’s musical prowess. But I was, because his name was third down on a list in a football match day program, ripped out of and stuck on my...
Yeğya Akgün on being the voice of Taniel

Yeğya Akgün on being the voice of Taniel

When I first heard about “Taniel”, I wanted to be a part of the production. Taniel Varoujan is one of my favourite poets and he still has an important place in Armenian culture. When you get his art and the way he uses his pen to create a surreal world,...