Nursen Çetin Köreken first prepared children for acting with creative drama training, and then had them act in her movie!
The shooting of the movie “Three Friends”, written and directed by Nursen Çetin Köreken, was completed in Yenişehir, Bursa. Produced by Drama Production, the film was shot as a co-production of Golfo Mistico Production with the support of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, TRT and Bursa/Yenişehir Municipality cooperation.
All the actors in the movie are amateur actors living in Bursa’s Yenişehir district. Buse Demirağ (14), Halime Gülda Aydın (12) and Görkem Sağ (13) took the lead roles in the movie. The Director of the movie, Nursen Çetin Köreken, gave training on Acting, Cinema and Creative Drama to more than 100 children living in Bursa/Yenişehir for 10 months. Leading roles and other roles were chosen from among these children.
40 child actors who participated fully in the training took part in the film. Along with her children’s training, Nursen Çetin Köreken gave training on Acting, Cinema and Creative Drama for 7 months to more than 50 adults living in Bursa/Yenişehir. 25 adult amateur actors who completed the training took part in the film. There were also those who acted in the movie with their children or grandchildren.
Within the scope of “Movie Acting Method for Children” developed by Nursen Çetin Köreken and on which he has been working on academic studies, child actors brought their characters to life in the movie without being given a script. The shooting of the documentary “Children on Stage”, which describes this method developed by Nursen Çetin Köreken, the education of child actors, the whole process from the preparation stages of the children to the film’s meeting with the audience, continued during the filming.
The story of the film is briefly as follows: Hilal, Ayşe and Mercan are three children working on the streets. Hilal and Ayşe are cardboard collectors and Mercan is a scrap collector. Sarı Selim, who established a racketeering gang in the city, kidnaps children working on the street, including Hilal, Ayşe and Mercan, and forcibly confiscates their money. Hilal is forced to give Sarı Selim the money she saved to buy medicine for her father.
The three friends decide to join the prize pigeon race that will be held that day with Mercan’s homing pigeon to fight against Selim’s bullying. Sarı Selim, who comes across them when they go to register for the pigeon race, takes the pigeon out of its cage and releases it to prevent Mercan’s pigeon from participating in the race. By the time the children caught the pigeon and arrived, the racing truck was long gone. Three Friends decide to catch the race truck with their own means and embark on a journey where they will get to know each other better, go through many difficulties, and become three close friends.