Production Notes

THE SULTAN’S WOMEN was filmed on location in Istanbul.

The production team set out to recreate life in the last decades of the Ottoman Empire. This required finding authentic locations for harem interiors, and exterior angles that framed out the present city – a serious challenge in 21st century Istanbul.

The production emphasizes authenticity in every detail – locations, costumes and jewelry, period props including documents that had to be duplicated in old Ottoman script. Accuracy in lighting was important because the city did not get electricity until 1909.

Scenes were shot on their actual locations, including the Blue Mosque, the Yildiz Palace, the Ciragan Palace, and the Cemberlitas Hamam.

Noted Turkish costume designer Yavuz Selim Kaçmaz created wardrobe faithful to the fashions of the Ottomans – from chaste burkas to stylish dresses worn by the imperial women, stambuline coats and military uniforms for the men.

A core Canadian crew worked together with a dedicated and passionate Turkish team to bring the story of The Sultan’s Women to the screen.