Inspired by the 2014 non-fiction book by Charles King, the series retells the story of Istanbul and the beginnings of modern Turkey through the lens of the opulent Pera Palace Hotel.
Young heroine Esra is a journalist writing a story about the hotel’s 130-year history. She meets hotel manager Ahmet who speaks as if he witnessed its colourful past first-hand. By chance, Esra discovers a secret in its Agatha Christie room and accidentally travels to 1920s Istanbul, disrupting the natural flow of history. She encounters some of Pera Palace’s most infamous guests and becomes embroiled in a political scandal. Together with Ahmet, Esra must find a way to stop the assassination of Mustafa Kemal and preserve the course of Turkey’s independence.
MIDNIGHT AT THE PERA PALACE
VFX environments were vital in achieving the ambitious plan to bring this bygone era to life. Considerable research and care were taken to ensure the historical accuracy of architecture and design detail.
Midnight at the Pera Palace was an ideal opportunity for close collaboration with the international production team and photo-real worldbuilding – two capabilities that sit firmly in Cause’s wheelhouse.