Two Amsterdam film directors, Finbarr Wilbrink and Roelof Jan Minneboo, are brewing beer as a tribute to British filmmaker David Lean and his major work, Doctor Zhivago. The beer will be presented locally on 19 December after which it will be sold in stores, and we’ll try it out for you. These creations are known as the Cinema Brewers.
The Zhivago beer will brewed from ginger and English hops for that bittersweet taste that goes with the story of Doctor Zhivago. I wonder if the beer will have a long, drawn-out finish like the movie as well.
Earlier this year Wilbrink and Minneboo also made an ‘À bout de souffle’ (‘Breathless’) beer made from French and American hops and lavender, as that seemed like a nice fit, and a Big Lebowski beer made from American hops, lemongrass and coriander, symbolising the friendship between The Dude and Walter Sobchak.
(Links: www.nieuws.nl, www.parool.nl, www.pzc.nl)
Tags: À bout de souffle, beer, Big Lebowski, Doctor Zhivago
Jelte Keur, 32, from Utrecht shot a video of the Gothic Dom Tower of Utrecht surrounded by fog using a drone. Keur claims he waited 10 months for the right weather conditions to shoot this video, as he has had this thing with fog since he was a boy.
The music definitely suits the video, which I looked up (Shane Carruth, Leaves Expanded May Be Prevailing Blue Mixed With Yellow of the Sand from the 2013 film ‘Upstream Color’).
After you’ve watch this video, check out his other ones.
(Link: www.netherlands-tourism.com, Photo of Drone by Karen Axelrad, some rights reserved)
Tags: Dom, drone, Utrecht
“In ,’7685 Frames of Netherlands’, filmmaker Pengcheng He documents the beauty of the old cities of the Netherlands in a charming series of tilt-shift time-lapses. He shot the video in Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.”
Many people don’t see Rotterdam as one of the old cities, mainly because few old buildings were left in the city after the WWII. Delft and Amsterdam join cities like Haarlem and Nijmegen as old cities.
Amsterdam’s IJ river ferries kick it off, then the Stopera, but I’ll let you play guess the city on your own because I could possibly describe the entire video location by location (yes, that is a bit scary) having lived extensively in all three cities. Sometimes, the film even has a miniatures feel to it.
(Link: laughingsquid.com, Photo of Rotterdam, KPN building by Roel Wijnants, some rights reserved)
Tags: Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam
Dutch photographer Frits de Beer, along with Tara Rikkers and Michael de Vreugd have created a movie depicting their native town of Alkmaar, North Holland where the old (1914) and the new (2014) are shown side-by-side and shot-per-shot for a wonderfully precise comparison between the two eras.
“After identifying many locations that remained relatively unchanged over the past century, De Beer went out with a camera to recreate the shots. In each one, he aimed to match up the exact angle and framing that was captured in the 1914 film.”
Alkmaar 100 jaar, www.fritsdebeer.nl Tara Rikkers, Michael de Vreugd from fritsdebeer.nl on Vimeo.
(Link: www.dutchdailynews.com, Photo: petapixel.com)
We might as well be able to fly through the North-South line in 2014 because we can’t use the metro yet, although it was originally scheduled to be ready in 2011, then again in the summer of 2014, which also didn’t happen. Construction started in 2002 and the new current completion date is 2017.
Studio MAD made a promotional film for Thales Group Netherlands, which supplies access ports and ICT for public transport. It features a drone going the entire length of the North-South tunnel that runs under Amsterdam Central Station, which was one of the major hiccups of the project.
“The images were partially filmed with a camera under the drone, while the other part was filmed with a camera mounted on our ‘Skyglide’ rig. Our cameraman sat at the front of a bicycle to shoot, but the drone was controlled by a company with the license to fly one.”
(Link: www.dutchnews.nl, Image: Benthem Crouwel Archtitects)
Tags: Amsterdam, drone, North-South metro
Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent Dutch films out there, some of which even helped me learn the language before I immigrated here many moons ago. However, if Dutch distribution companies and cinemas think a film is so bad they call it ‘a low point in Dutch film history’, then it must be some 50 shades of shitty. Surprise, it’s a total ’50 shades of grey’ rip-off if we believe the media because I already planned to ignore the original for as long as I live.
The film is called ‘De Overgave’ (roughly ‘The Surrender’) and here’s the trailer if you must). Major cinemas in Amsterdam have snubbed it, arthouse cinemas who are known to appreciate an underappreciated film have turned it down and the film’s Amsterdam distribution company only made 5 or 6 copies instead of the planned 50 or 60 because it’s, well, shite.
The directeur Paul Ruven is apparently well known for writing books about how to copy Hollywood film successes. Gosh.
(Link: www.parool.nl, Photo of film cans by tallfoot, some rights reserved)
Tags: Amsterdam, cinema
First it was ‘yes’, then it was ‘no’, now as of yesterday it’s back on: a female student who fought to do a media and entertainment internship with Dutch porn star Kim Holland finally got her wish.
When INHolland University said ‘no’ it came up with ‘it doesn’t suit our values’, for which Kim Holland and the student decided to fight the university. Back in 2011 INHolland University had managed to generate negative publicity all on its own, as they were involved in a scandal in 2011 regarding invalid diplomas (in Dutch).
The internship was tweaked to make it acceptable for the university, and now it’s enjoying free, more positive publicity this time.
(Link: www.nieuws.nl, Photo of film cans by tallfoot, some rights reserved)
Tags: Kim Holland, pornography
On Tuesday April 29 crowdfunding website Kickstarter now features a page for the Netherlands. Before then, Dutch residents with good ideas had to register their project through another country like the United States. Since then, about 30 new project ideas have popped up on the Dutch page, while the rest are projects that were around when they had to circumvent the country issue. And just like in other countries, Kickstarter takes 5% off the top when and if projects achieve their financial goal.
One of them was more fun than anything else: the ‘Fish on wheels’ (on Kickstarter). Other projects include lots of board games, music, tech, film and inventions.
Tip to the lightbulbs: please let someone check your English if you want to be taken seriously.
(Link: www.bright.nl, Photo of Lightbulb by Emil Kabanov, some rights reserved)
Tags: games, inventions, Kickstarter
Dutchman Frans Hofmeester has been filming his daughter Lotte weekly from ages 0 to 14, and a few days ago, he placed a time-lapsed video of her on YouTube.
Two years ago Hofmeester had also placed the first video when Lotte was 12, which had more than 4 million hits. Last year, he placed one that had some 900,000 hits and his latest one is currently at over 2,500,000 hits.
Hofmeester has also posted time-lapsed videos of his son Vince (see pic) from 0 to 11 years and other films related to his family.
Here’s Portrait of Lotte – 0 to 14 years in 4 min. (The Original):
(Link: www.metronieuws.nl, Photo of Vince Hofmeester, screenshot of a YouTube video)
Tags: Frans Hofmeester, portraits, YouTube
A 24-year-old female student of INHolland University will be doing an internship with famous Dutch porno star and producer Kim Holland (nope, not the actor in the picture). The student works in a sex shop and for her the idea of making a female-friendly porno film is not too far removed from her job. Kim Holland has had many requests over the years usually from men wanting to learn the trade, but she has never said yes until now.
Would the university be so willing if a female student was learning the trade from a male producer? Would the university have had a different opinion if a male or even female student was planning to produce a ‘regular’ porno film, implying that it would be female-unfriendly? Somehow, I’m thinking the entire female aspect of this story was a selling point to both the university and Kim Holland.
And before anybody thinks what do we at 24oranges know about Dutch-based female-friendly porno movies, we saw and attended a festival screening of Jennifer Lyon Bell’s ‘Matinee’ (see pic above) a few years ago, for which I actually wanted to audition, albeit in a non sex-related role. (Unfortunately, they cut the role in the script.)
UPDATE: INHolland has changed its mind. Apparently, Kim Holland’s production company does not match the school’s values.
(Link: www.metronieuws.nl, photo: still of ‘Matinee’ by Jennifer Lyon Bell)