Producer / Founder
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Founders and producers Hanneke Niens and Hans de Wolf develop and produce features, documentaries and drama series. They have an extensive international network of co-producers and financiers like ITVS, Eurimages, the British Film Institute, Eurimages, Chios Investments, Al Jazeera and Netflix and many European Funds, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents. Vital to their approach is the close collaboration with writers and directors to develop quality drama series (SWANENBURG), character-driven audience favourites (SOOF and SOOF 2 - €14 million box office in The Netherlands (VENTOUX, SO WHAT IS LOVE) and accessible art-house films (NENA- Berlinale Special Mention Jury Award 2015, THE IDOL – Toronto International Film Festival 2016, THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM - Tiger Competition, HBF Jury Award IFFR 2018, TENCH – International premiere IFFR 2020).
The producers and their productions won numerous (inter)national awards, including an Oscar® nomination for TWIN SISTERS a Crystal Bear for BLUEBIRD, an Emmy and three times the Prix Europa. They scored box office hits with TWIN SISTERS, NYNKE, OYSTERS AT NAM KEE’S, BRIDE FLIGHT, SOOF & SOOF 2 and SO WHAT IS LOVE. Their films were screened in official competition at a.o. Berlinale (CHOPSTICKS, BLUEBIRD, NENA), Locarno (KATIA’S SISTER), TIFF (NYNKE, UNFINISHED SKY, THE IDOL), San Sebastian (GODFORSAKEN, SILENT CITY) and IFFR (THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE, BEYOND SLEEP, CRAVING, THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM, DREAMLIFE, TENCH).
Recent titles a.o.:
• International premieres at IFFR 2020: the co-production TENCH by Belgian director Patrice Toye (ROSIE) and the English language film DREAMLIFE by Melvin Moti
• Currently on SVOD: the feature film SO WHAT IS LOVE by Aniëlle Webster (NO SUCH THINGS AS HOUSEWIVES
• In postproduction: feature film THE WARDEN by Threes Anna (SILENT CITY) and SOOF 3 by Anne de Clercq (JACK BESTELT EEN BROERTJE)
• In production: NPO1 series SWANENBURG, 20 x 40 minutes, directed by Thomas Korthals Altes (FINNEMANS), Hans Somers (AAF) and Aniëlle Webster and coproduction HUDA SALON’S by Oscar nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (PARADISE NOW, OMAR).
Hanneke and Hans are guest tutors of respectively the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, EAVE and Theatre Academy Maastricht. They are members of ACE, EFA and the Netherlands producers association FPN. Hanneke participated in EAVE+ 2013, is a member of and the European producers association EPC and the supervisory board of International Film Festival Rotterdam.
SO WHAT IS LOVE 2020
Director: Aniëlle Webster
Screenplay: Dorien Goertzen
Cast: Elise Schaap, Maarten Heijmans, Teun Luijkx, Anneke Blok, Michiel Romeyn, Jan-Paul Buijs, Maike Meijer
Big shot lawyer Gijs, who makes big money for his law firm from lucrative toxic divorces, is well on his way to become a partner. His credo: All is fair in love and war. But his idealistic co-worker Cato takes a very different perspective. Love is a verb, and when love fades, it is a lawyer’s job to make sure people separate peacefully from their failed relationships. When it turns out that Cato is also in the race for the coveted position of partner in the company, they are both forced to re-examine their beliefs on love, marriage and growing their careers. A feel-good film about how to manage modern-day life and relationships between men and women and on how to believe in love when divorce is your line of work.
Box office hit - ‘Golden film’ in the Netherlands
Director: Patrice Toye
Screenplay: Peter Seynaeve & Patrice Toye
Cast: Tijmen Govaerts, Julia Brown, Ina Geerts, Greet Verstraete, Line Pillet
After Jonathan is released from prison for lack of evidence, he returns to his mother living in a small cottage near the dunes. There Jonathan intents to become a different, better man. But even though he strictly sticks to the rules, his good intentions are soon put to the test when a young girl moves in next to him. Tench is a coproduction with main producer Prime Time.
International premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020,
World premiere at the Film Fest Gent and winner of the audience award 2019
THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE 2018
Director: Clara van Gool
Screenplay: Clara Van Gool, Glyn Maxwell
Cast: Dane Jeremy Hurst, Sarah Reynolds, Claire Johnston
The Beast in the Jungle is a film adaptation of Henry James’ 19th century novella of the same name. Set in a remote English country mansion and stretching from the Jamesian era to a globalised present-day setting, the film uses dance to recount the epic and unconventional love story of John Marcher (Dane Jeremy Hurst) and May Bartram (Sarah Reynolds). During a chance encounter ten years after first meeting, May reminds John that he once revealed to her a deep and menacing conviction that his life would be defined by a life-changing experience – one that was waiting for him “like a Beast in the Jungle.” Intrigued by his continued belief in this foreboding secret, May decides to stay by John’s side and soon develops feelings of genuine love for him. John is not able to reciprocate her devotion, preferring instead to resume his shallow life as a travelling businessman. Only when it’s too late, does John realize that the beast had already sprung in the jungle of his life.
World premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019