I offer geçmiş olsun to them and to my other friends in Turkey. Another great thing about this book is that you can read it and re-read it and it never loses any impact from having done so. Thierry Frémaux, head of the festival and luminary of French cinema, greeted us himself, congratulating Sally and Tony, our long-suffering, ever-steady producer, and Sean Fanton, our editor and co-producer. Documentaries are snarling little beasts of art, birthed in passionate fits and sustained by brass and vision as the years wear on and the filmmakers find themselves traveling a long, winding road. Having lived, worked and travelled extensively in Turkey for many many years I can't believe I waited so long to read this. I have loved this book for nigh on FOUR DECADES. Bluestein said the couple learned that Davis was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus in 1985 but, fearing discrimination, kept his condition a secret so he could continue to work as an actor. I remember loving the movie. He explained that some of his TNP colleagues had seen an old interview on YouTube where I’d expressed my feelings about the Turks and my desire to return to Istanbul. Now we’re here for the world premiere screening of Sally’s documentary: Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Whether you eventually like Billy Hayes or not, he brings us through his experience in great detail and with real emotion. Hayes expressed his disappointment with parts of the film adaptation, especially its portrayal of all Turks as bad, and his regret that Turkey's image was negatively affected by the film. It was supposedly a true story. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. He is best known for his autobiographical book Midnight Express about his experiences in and escape from a Turkish prison, after being convicted of smuggling hashish. I’m officially labeled persona non grata. As I was kept in a small room alone with the cops while they explained my visa to the flummoxed immigration officer, I have a flash of the day in 1970 when I was arrested, my arms piled with hash plaques and cops on both sides of me, lining up for a photo like big-game hunters. His lawyer informed him that he could be arrested for such claims. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. But I told the class. So begins a legal nightmare that sees him thrown in a decrepit prison, beaten by sadistic guards, and helpless but to watch as the slowly turning wheels of Turkish justice snowball his sentence into Life, only to generously reduce it to thirty years. Circling the infamous pillar in the middle of the room as the inmates did all day long brought back all the terrifying moments I had experienced, and you can see my ashen face as I come out of there, no doubt traumatized by the memories. My lawyer informed me I would be opening myself up to arrest in the U.S. by admitting prior smuggling trips. So this one of those books I am surprised I haven't read before now.

Billy Hayes (born April 3, 1947 in New York City, New York) is an American writer, actor, and film director. He appeared in the Charles Bronson film Assassination, as a hired killer. A young William Hayes did not think about that, the downside was years in a Turkish prison the upside is this book. Start by marking “Midnight Express” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It had me on the edge of my seat - I couldn't put it down! This is the most famous one so why did I not pick it up sooner?