I was born in The Netherlands in a hippie neighbourhood where life was a circus.
Before I started Film Study at Utrecht University I worked at a TV-recycle
factory where people lost body parts, in garbage and at a coffee factory
where I developed my taste for coffee.
In 2007, I received my BA in Film Study. One of the highlights was a
masterclass of oscar nominee Hani Abu Assad. Same year I enrolled
in film directing program at prestige NYU Tisch School of the Arts
under the artistic guidance of the brilliant and always swearing
Oliver Stone. His teaching was unforgettable. Among the many
other brilliant teachers were Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kupar,
Bobby Bukowski, Matt Chesse and Roger Spottiswood who
taught me great lessons in film making.
In my first year my short GODVERDOMME! premiered at Oscar qualified festival Palm Springs. In 2010, I started a fulltime job at acclaimed agency Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam as editor and filmmaker. Directed and edited TVC’s including award winning digital content. In May 2013, I graduated at Tisch and obtained my M.F.A in film directing after completing my thesis film Junkie XL that opened at Hamburg film festival. Soon after I went to film hub London to fulfil my passion in making films.
In 2015, Film London funded my short JACKED starring Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) and Charley Palmer Rothwell (Legend). The BIFA award winning short had its national premiere at BFI London Film Festival and International premiere at the Berlinale 2016. With JACKED, my first film out of NYU Tisch, I brought my experiences growing up on the streets of Rotterdam to the gritty, urban landscape of British crime cinema.
In 2017, my feature script LOOTED was commissioned by Film London Microwave scheme. A year later it went into production with Charley Palmer Rothwell (Rob), Thomas Turgoose (Leo), Tom Fisher (Oswald) and Morgane Polanski (Kasia) as the main cast.
Looted, (BBC/BFI/Film London) won the prestigious International Critics Award at Tallinn at 2019 and has sold for UK and European distribution. It was longlisted at for seven BIFA awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and was nominated for the Discovery Award 2020.
Besides writing original film scripts I very much enjoy the duties of a film jury. In 2020 I was the jury for FIRST FEATURE competition at Tallinn film festival and the year after a jury voter for the BIFA international competition.
WME - USA
INDEPENDENT TALENT - UK
LOOTED, UK, 89min: Poff Tallinn, FIPRESCI award. JACKED, UK. 15min: BFI London, Berlinale, BIFA best UK short, Winner Leeds, Winner audience Lille, Nomination UK Critics Circle Best Short, Winner best European short Premiers Plan, Winner audience award Future Shorts 2017, Nominated People’s Choice Award, Milan, Brussels, M2M, Raindance, East End, Aesthetica, Tous Courts, British Shorts, Rome, Valladolid, Landshut Short Film Festival, Kuki, Kino Trampkach, Dublin, Aubagne, In The Palace, FEC European Short Film Festival, Ficbueu, Aix-en-Provence International Short Film Festival. DJ Tiësto, NL 06min. BSFF Brussels, Jencheon JIMFF. Boon Keng Midnight, SG 06min: Viewster Online 2014. Junkie XL, NL 13min: Hamburg IKFF GODVERDOMME!, NL 08min: Palm Springs, CFC, Singapore, Rendez-vous Madness Toronto. Hola Micatos, SG 03min. Seoul SESIFF. 24h ATM, NL 19min: Shoot-me.
Awards & Nomination
Nominated BIFA Raindance Discovery Award
Nominated BIFA 7 Long-listings BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR, BEST DEBUT SCREENWRITER, BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER, DISCOVERY AWARD, MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Winner FIPRESCI international critics award for LOOTED
Winner British Independent Film Award for Best UK short JACKED
Winner best European short Premiers Plan
Winner Leeds Best Short
Winner audience award Future Shorts 2017
Winner audience award Lille
Nominated London Critics Circle Award for Best Short
Nominated People’s Choice Award
Nominated Crystal Bear Berlinale
Nominated Grand Prix Aix-en-Provence International Short Film Festival
Nominated Special Jury Prize Message To Man Film Festival
Nominated Jury Award Hamburg Int. Short Film Fest. for Junkie XL
Nominated Palm Springs Best Student Documentary Short