Cengiz Dervis takes lead in By Any Name!

The acclaimed bestseller “By Any Name”, penned by Welsh novelist Catrin Collier (under her pseudonym of Katherine John) is set to make the leap to the silver-screen in an upcoming film adaptation. The film, co-written by Collier herself, will begin production later this month in Wales, with London-born film maker and martial artist Cengiz Dervis (who is half Turkish Cypriot, half Irish) and Samira Mohammed Ali as the film’s leads.

Dervis has already gained a considerable following across the U.K. after releasing numerous award-winning short films through his production company of Fight Me Productions, which also has a number of features such as the Medieval adventure “Galahad” in development. He will have the opportunity to take his tremendous talents to an even wider audience with the film adaptation “By Any Name”, which upon its initial release, became an instant bestseller throughout Europe, the U.S., and the U.K.

The press release for the film gives fans an opportunity to see what the upcoming adaptation has in store:


Welsh author Katherine John (aka Catrin Collier), who has just released her 48th book title through Accent Press, has now teamed up with Tanabi Films to produce an exciting action adventure movie. Tanabi Films have had the pleasure of producing “By Any Name”, which is based on the novel by Katherine John – a No.1 best seller on e-book Amazon and a bestseller in Germany, Poland, the US and UK. Recently selected as one of Amazon’s chosen authors, Katherine John is currently profiled on most online platforms across the US, South America and Europe. In an interview with Katherine today, she explains “I am very much part of the project to bring ‘By Any Name to the screen. The entire team at Tanabi are incredible, and determined to get everything right. I’ve written the script with the support of the director and the actors who are all superb professionals, and it is a huge privilege to be able to work with them.

Welsh actress Samira Mohamed Ali will star as the joint lead in the movie as Elizabeth Santer, a psychologist, who is taken hostage by John West. Samira, currently the Ambassador for BritWeek Miami, FilmInWales and UK ambassador for Cerebra charity, is currently undergoing intensive personal training in order to keep up with the physical demands of the role. In an interview today, Samira said: “I am thrilled to be part of this movie and to co-produce this transmedia project. Being able to work in Wales and especially in Swansea and Brecon is very exciting, as most of my work to date has been abroad in Bollywood movies”.

Actor and Combat expert Cengiz Dervis plays the lead role of John West, the bloodstained stranger who has suffered amnesia, and is the centre of a manhunt across Wales. Cengiz has a huge fan base in the UK, Europe and especially in Turkey, and he is set to be an exciting cast member on this production. Speaking earlier, Cengiz said “I’ve read the novel twice and the screenplay is fantastic. I can’t wait to get into character ready for principal photography. My background will serve me well, and it will be a privilege to work with a renowned author such as Katherine John.” Also, set to feature in the movie as the third lead is actor Dan Richardson, who’s many acting credits include British and US movies such as ‘Crazy Old Woman” (2007) and make him an integral part of the team. Dan is currently working on ‘Retribution’, a UK thriller set for release in 2015.

Tanabi’s CEO Euros Jones-Evans said today, “Swansea is becoming a hotbed for film and TV productions,and we’re looking forward to be an integral part of this media buzz. Being based at the Dylan Thomas Centre is an important part of our plan to involve the local community in this project. The majority of the cast, extras and crew have been ‘sourced’ locally. This forms part of our 5-year strategy to bring inward investments into Wales through productions, especially from India and the US. Our chosen charity is ʻOur Local Heroesʼ, and some ex-service men and amputees will also have the opportunity to star in the movie as extras. I would like to thank the following for their support – Gower College, Welsh Government, Wales Screen Commission, Swansea Council, Ffilm Cymru, South Wales Police and Swansea University.”

For more information about “By Any Name”, be sure to follow the films official Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as following Cengiz Dervis’ official website, Facebook and Twitter pages!


Brad Curran

From the earliest days of childhood, Brad Curran was utterly fascinated by martial arts, his passion only growing stronger after spending time living in the melting pot of Asian cultures that is Hawaii. His early exposure developed into a lifelong passion and fascination with all forms of martial arts and tremendous passion for action and martial arts films. He would go on to take a number of different martial arts forms, including Shaolin Ch'uan fa, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate and remains a devoted student, avid and eager to continue his martial arts studies. Brad is also an aspiring writer and deeply desires to share his love for martial arts and martial arts movies with the world!

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