Tuğçe Kutlu

Tuğçe Kutlu completed her undergraduate education in Radio, Television and Film as a valedictorian at Ankara University, and then received another BA in International Relations from Anadolu University. She was awarded a scholarship to study for her MA in Film Studies at University College London (UCL), and wrote her dissertation on grief in the 21st-Century horror films, supervised by Professor Susanne Kord. For her second MA at Ankara, she wrote her dissertation on power relations in 21st-century Turkish cinema.  She has presented her research at numerous academic conferences, and her essays ‘I am Not Carrie: Rebellious Girls of Horror Cinema’s New Era’ and ‘The Rule of the Weird: Power Relations in the Films of Yorgos Lanthimos’ have been published in academic journals. She recently started a PhD at Ankara University, where she also works as a Research Assistant.


Kutlu edits the soundtrack from Kaygı, the first Turkish horror directed by a woman, to imitate the film’s disorienting ambiance.


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