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Bafta screening for film about the 'chocolate wrapper' murder of Evren Anil

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EVREN Anil was 23 when he was killed by two teenage thugs over a discarded chocolate bar. His senseless killing is now explored in a new film, featuring his father as himself, by his friend and Croydon director Murat Kebir. The promising graduate, of Upper Norwood, was in the passenger seat of his sister's car when he got out to ask two teenagers why they had just thrown a half-eaten Lion bar into the car as it waited at the lights. They pinned him against the car with a knife against his throat before pushing him onto the pavement, causing head injuries from which he died a week later. Seven years on from the attack in Upper Norwood, in August 2007, Mr Kebir's fictional short film portrays the situation from the point of view of his grieving sister, Elif Anil, aged 27 at the time. The 46-year-old, of Addiscombe, approached the family about making the film more than two years ago, and worked with them. He told the Advertiser: "[Elif] was very strong. I think that amazed me. She was the strongest person in the family and I think that she knew that she needed to be strong to survive. "I wrote the film so many different ways at first but when I talked with Elif I thought, I am writing this from her perspective. His father [Niyazi Anil] did not need to act. He was perfect, he was so good." Mr Kebir knew the family from the local area and Evren had worked as an extra in one of his films, An Eye For A Tooth. He said: "He was definitely a gentleman, a very decent guy, he was just so nice and very respectful. I could not believe this happened to him." His film, The Chocolate Wrapper, looks at how tragedy can strike in an instant and at the relentless impact on those left behind. He explains: "My interest and ultimately the focus of the film was how an ordinary, happy day suddenly became a nightmare and how this dramatic, sudden and unjust incident affected Elif's life." He added: "The film not only explores a sister's grief at losing her 'angel', as she described him in court when Evren's killers were brought to trial, but also touches on the way chance can dramatically change our lives." The film premiered to an audience of friends and family at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in Piccadilly on June 20. Mr Kebir said: "I just wanted to make something to remember him and of course I wanted to make a good film as well but that was not the main purpose." "In a short film you cannot do too much; we just wanted to share with the family as well that we care." The director now wants the film to be screened at festivals around the world. To view the film, visit www.thechocolatewrapperfilm.com

Bafta screening for film about the 'chocolate wrapper' murder of Evren Anil


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