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‘A Dreary Night in November’

We filmed a pop-up play; an original, local drama,  ‘A Dreary Night in November’, a ghost story set in Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. A first for us!


In 1816, Lord Byron and his friends had a ghost story competition, which is when Mary Shelley dreamed up her classic gothic novel, Frankenstein.

200 years later, one dreary November night in Amsterdam, some gallery visitors stumble across Lord Byron, Mary Shelley & friends, and get a ghost story of their own.

Performed by Mulholland Academy and Dept of Acting (mulhollandacademy.com).

dreary night november event

Logistics of a pop-up play: “We’d settled on the Library room at Foam as the perfect location, but shortly before our event the space was filled with an installation: a giant wooden structure filled with products from China. This left us with a dark corner under the stairs. The challenge I think paid off for the dramatic effects, but it did limit the size of the audience to max 15 people at a time; meaning that the actors had to perform the piece several times during the evening. It was a bit of a logistical nightmare for the whole event, limiting the number of guests. It would be nice in this case, with your film, to be able to share the little play with a wider audience. Karen Haggarty

Why? The pop-up performance of ‘A Dreary Night in November’ on 19 November 2016 was organised by Karen Haggarty and Claudio Tapia and raised €400 for the refugee charity, Stichting Vluchteling.

(‘A Dreary Night in November’ will also broadcast on Amsterdam’s Salto 1 TV channel on 16, 17, 23 & 24 November 2017 – see salto.nl.)






Snow-set thrillers | Ams Film Show | Nov 2017


  • review of Wind River (from Megan Buxton) and The Snowman (from David Swatling)
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings: the latest Cine Expat edition
  • YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …


Wind River v The Snowman (“two snow-set serial killer-thrillers”)

Wind River | Dir. Taylor Sheridan | CRIME THRILLER | stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner

“Following the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation, a rookie FBI agent investigates with help from a local game tracker with a haunted past.”

@cathycentral: “Writer-Director, Taylor Sheridan, also wrote Hell or High Water and Sicario and those were both excellent films. So count me in.”

Screening @ Pathe city @ Filmhallen, EYE filmmuseum, Kriterion, Lab 111, The Movies

The Snowman | Director: Tomas Alfredson, based on book by Jo Nesbø | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg

“Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.”

screening @ Filmhallen & the Pathe chain from 2 Nov


“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”



What Happened to Monday dystopian thriller staring Noomi Rapace.  

Your Name | FANTASY ANIMATION | Dir-Scr: Makoto Shinkai |

“A random body switch between two teenage strangers lead to a magical connection and though the two long to meet, it’s far from simple.”

screening @ Filmhallen, EYE filmmuseum, Lab 111, Pathe de Munt , The Movies (but expect NL subs)


Murder on the Orient Express | CLASSIC MYSTERY | Dir: Kenneth Branagh | based on Agatha Christie’s classic | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, & a zillion other A-listers

“Thirteen stranded strangers on a long train ride & Poirot the Belgian detective weeds out the murderer, yet again.”


@cathycentral “mostly a vehicle for Kenneth Branagh? ‘Scuse the pun)”

Screening @ De Uitkijk, Pathe chain at least

also from 9 Nov …

The Square | SATIRE | Director: Ruben Östlund, Writer: Ruben Östlund, Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

“From the dir of The The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.”

@cathycentral says “From the make of the well-received Turist, NB it’s quite long at 2h 22min”

Screening @ EYE filmmuseum, Pathé City, Rialto, Filmhallen, Cinecenter (expect NL subs but some English spoken)


We can’t honestly single out a pick from this week’s new releases. But what do you think …?

Justice League | latest offering from the stable

Ghost Story | critics love it , audiences may struggle to embrace it, slow moving film- poetic meditiation on what we leave behind when we die, staring Rooney Mara.

Suburbicon | Coen brothers (scriptwriters) staring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac directed by George Clooney.

(Also three foreign-language movies, Hanneke’s latest, Happy End, Danish drama, Heartstone and C’est la Vie, a French comedy.)


Battle of the Sexes | COMEDY DRAMA | Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris,  Writer: Simon Beaufoy| Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough

“The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.”


The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Dir-Scr: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell

“Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.”



IDFA | the documentary film festvial| 15-26 Nov | all over town

Many screenings get sold out. it’s also very popular with the general public as well as the many many film industry and press people who are visiting for the festival.



Sunday 12 Nov | The Square + EN subs

c/o CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER  | Drinks with the host before the film


Dear Mr Mayor …

Somaye Dehban shares the story of what Amsterdam’s late Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan meant to her family. Her son was stateless, unable to have a nationality, until they “all became Dutch” at a ceremony the Mayor presided over.


To read the letter in full, see Somaye Dehban’s post on LinkedIn.

What’s on? Amsterdam | Nov 2017

“Here are some ideas, now over to you. Enjoy. x”
  • links via Pinterest
  • video reel
  • text listings


What’s on? Amsterdam | Nov 2017

From 10 Nov | 20:00


A stage performance about Mark Rothko, the trailblazing (and highly temperamental) artist who believed in total freedom of expression and fought against its being compromised by the market. Directed by Lora Randolph Mander with ‘Amsterdam’s Shakespeare expert’ William Sutton playing Rothko.

Thanks to Sona Prakesh for this review: 

“Highly recommended, Amdammers [sic] into art or theatre, and especially if you’re into both. Already impressive when I saw it a few months ago in “staged reading” form, so I’m delighted to see it get a proper staging now. In general also a sensitive probe into the place of art and artists in a capitalist society.”

There’s a short run at De Hallen then the production moves to Charley’s in Oost for a few days.

Nov 10-12 @ a location in de Hallen

Nov 17-19 @ Charley’s in Oost


16 November | 18:00 till late

@ Le Baravin (a new French wine bar in de Pijp)

Let’s celebrate le Beaujolais Nouveau!


18 November at 20:30

Stand-up Comedy Show In English

@ MixTree


Mixtree Comedy is back but it’s moved from the OT301 to the new Mixtree space at Broedplaats Lelylaan.


The line-up:

Priestess pussilicious Izabella Finch

Michael ‘comedy Meister’ Jaeger

Hager the Egyptian sphinx of silliness

Pauly Russell- Scotland’s cheekiest

Marijn de Vries- finding the funny in adversity

Stanislav Nikolov- bow-tied Bulgarian brilliance

Tim van ‘t Hul – Dutch storyteller in a ‘Fox News’ Voice


Hosted by Ken Parsons.


21 Nov

Gorillaz @ Ziggodome

The British band are here for their Humanz Tour, with guest appearances, and it’s had pretty good reviews so far if you like that sort of thing.  


Thursday 23 Nov | 20:00 @ Boom Chicago


Bennett Arron comes to Amsterdam with a new stand-up show. Known for his JeWelsh humour and seen on tour supporting Ricky Gervais, let’s see if he can make Amsterdam laugh … [we’re guessing the answer is “yes”. We’re an easy crowd.]

23 & 24 Nov

Thanksgiving & 45th birthday | American Book Center

If you’re feeling lonesome this Thanksgiving, the American Book Center is particularly happy to celebate 45 years as an independent bookshop and they welcome you to join them. You can splash out and join them for a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday 23 November offsite at Cafe Belcampo, or on Friday 23 Nov you can pop down to the bookstore from 16:00 for a slice of birthday cake, live music, and lots of funny stories (it’s free but you need to book a ticket).



Sunday 26 November

Puurmarkt @ Park Frankendael

Take your pick of the food stalls at this roving Sunday market. Only one edition this month.

Mon 27 Nov

Kimbra | @ Paradiso Noord

Kimbra is back in Amsterdam. She’s played at the tiny Bitterzoet before but this month you can find her at Paradiso Noord at the Tolhuistuin. This New Zealand singer is mainly known for her cameo on Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. But she’s released a few of her own albums since then. Our tip. 

Tues 28 Nov

Spark retreat #2 – SOLD OUT

@ Loenen aan de Vecht (just out of town)

Emmy McCarthy will be leading a full day’s retreat on planning and goal setting for 2018, for female entreprenuers and business owners.


New radio station – we need you!


Broadcast Amsterdam is launching an internet radio station soon!

HELP! If you have a minute, please help us plan the best radio station ever by completing this ultra short survey.

We plan to bring you …

  • latest  music
  • local, independent news and events in English
  • local interviews
  • pop-up shows
  • podcasts
  • opportunities to pitch for a radio show/spot

Sign up to our email list to stay updated and hear about opportunities to get involved or share events.



Too dirty for TV?

We have a weekly 19:00 spot on Amsterdam TV but we thought even Amsterdammers might not appreciate Aidan’s naughty humour so early in the evening. So we kept it exclusively for YouTube. And Aidan doesn’t just tell dirty jokes, he can be offensive about a whole range of things …

NB We are very sorry that it’s taken so long for us to edit this series.

NB We also know the sound isn’t great in this video. Just grin and bear it.

BTW If you can’t possible spare over half an hour, here’s a short 7m edit:

For the next  edition of Nutty Anita’s see: https://www.facebook.com/nuttyanita

We’re ‘Loving Vincent’ | Ams Film Show | Oct 2017 #2


  • review of Loving Vincent  from David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month (19-26 Oct releases)
  • special screenings: the latest Cine Expat edition
  • YouTube, Soundcloud & TV versions, or see text script below …
  • for links see our Pinterest board below.



“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”


Daphne | COMEDY DRAMA | Dir. Peter Mackie Burns | Emily Beecham | Screening @ Cinecenter at least

A hard-living junior chef in London, Daphne scuffs her way around the city resisting any meaningful connections for all she’s worth. But can she keep on living that way?

@cathycentral: “Think Frances Ha set in Lambeth. As a Londoner, the film looks much like my old life and friends. I do miss home, and my friends, but I won’t be going back to that, maybe I will just watch this instead.”

Here’s a little taster … 

also from 19 Oct

The Glass Castle | DRAMA| Dir-screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton | Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts etc | A girl grows out of her poor, nomad upbringing.


Loving Vincent | Director-Screenwriters: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Screening @ Rialto, EYE filmmuseum, Pathé chain,

The story of Vincent van Gogh but this time told in ‘oil paint’ animation, bringing his famous art to life.

Here’s a little taster …

+  David Swatling tells AFS what he though of it (see video/audio)

also from 26 Oct

The Mountain Between Us | ROMANCE-THRILLER| Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star as two strangers stuck on a remote mountain range and somehow it all turns romantic …

@cathycentral says “good for a laugh?

Thor: Ragnarok | Dir. Taika Waititi | the usual cast plus … Benedict Cumberbatch.

@cathycentral says “Thor has never yet disappointed me for a bit of fun entertainiment. But there’s a first time for everything.”



“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”


Thurs 26 Oct 21:00| Le Fidèle + EN subs

AKA Racer and the Jailbird. Matthias Schoenaerts plays a Brussels gangster Gigi who falls in love with rich racing driver, ‘Bibi’ but his next robbery just might ruin everything. Just maybe. Directed by Oscar-nominated Michael R. Roskam.

+ Drinks with the host before the film




We plan to produce the AFS in audio format as well from now on, as well the YouTube and local TV (Salto) versions. Eventually we’ll also share it on local radio too.  We are also seeing how it feels in a monthly format. Let us know what you think, and if you want to contribute, please also get in touch.