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Amsterdam Film Show | March 2018

Countryfile with bare bottoms in God’s Own Country, the exploitation problem in Red Sparrow … our Amsterdam Film Show tips for March are here … 

  • David Swatling reviews Red Sparrow 
  • Cathy Leung reviews God’s Own Country
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the rest of the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • links via Pinterest





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

Cinemasia | on until 11 March | @ Kriterion & Rialto

Notable this year for adding a ‘Best Performer’ prize, awarded by the festival jury with the aim to raise European awareness of the pool of acting talent in Asia. A dominant theme of the programming is ‘Youth’, but this seeks to “debunk the stereotype of the wimpy, nerdy Asian student”. There is also a focus on Indonesian filmmakers for this 2018 edition of the festival and a short comedy about the absurdity of the Dutch inburgering test – reversing it to test Dutch understanding of Chinese culture.

Rozefilmdagen | until 18 March | with Gods Own County voorpremiere on Sun 11 and Mon 12 March 19:30, otherwise you have to wait until 29 March (unless you stream at home from UK itunes or similar.) (More about God’s Own Country later.)

Farewell Daniel Day Lewis series @ Lab 111

throughout March, including My Beautiful Launderette, There Will Be Blood, In the Name of the Father and Last of the Mohicans.


“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.” BTW, films we’re not mentioning: Peter Rabbit animation, Tomb Raider, LBJ, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Mary Magdalene, Hostiles (a western with Christian Bale, Ready Player One (a Spielberg sci-fi) and many more.


Red Sparrow | THRILLER | Dir: Francis Lawrence | Writers: Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Jason Matthews (based upon the book by) | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts |

“Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.” IMDB

@davidswatling says “I can’t think of any woman that I know who would enjoy this movie” (for more of his review see video) 7/10

De Wilde Stad | NATURE | LNP | Director: Mark Verkerk | “The city from the unique perspective of the many wild animals and plants that inhabit it. Seen through the eyes of the adventurous urban cat, Abatutu.” IMBD

@CathyCentral says: From the makers of De Nieuwe Wilderness which was utterly fascinating and nature footage to rival the BBC’s Blue Planet series. This looks just as good, and you might even spot your house in it, Amsterdammers.

Phantom Thread | DRAMA | Dir-Scr: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

“1950’s London. Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse & lover.” IMDB

@CathyCentral says: “Though he doesn’t make a lot of movies, I still suffer from DDL fatigue, because recently he only seems to choose these pompous, barn-storming roles. Butcher Bill, the oilman in There Will be Blood, even Lincoln. I prefer the type of acting we saw with In the Name of the Father and My Beautiful Launderette. Perhaps he saved something special for his last last role?


Mountain  | DOC | Director: Jennifer Peedom | Writers: Robert Macfarlane, Jennifer Peedom | Narrator: Willem Dafoe

“An experience about the highest peaks around the world.” IMDB

@CathyCentral says “the cinematography looks amazing, I think this is one to submerge yourself in on the big screen. Especially if IRL you ain’t never going up no mountain.”


God’s Own Country | DRAMA | LGBTQ | Dir-Scr: Francis Lee (his first feature) | With: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones

Johnny, a moody young Yorkshire farmer struggles to keep the family farm going. A migrant worker brings extra help for lambing season but also a lot of passion and some old-fashioned TLC. But is there really a future for them? CL

@CathyCentral says “Although there’s a lot of bare bums, forget gay porn, this is Yorkshire porn more like.  There’s strong acting from two fairly unknown male leads who are quite at home birthing spring lambs. However, there’s hardly any humour, and the tone is unrelentingly intense throughout. (For more of this review see video) 6/10



Amsterdam Startup Stories @ Spark

Local businesswoman, Monique Erinna, visited the Spark 2017 conference for female entrepreneurs and spoke with attendees, and the founder of Spark, Hannah Huber, to find out more about this vibrant and growing network in Amsterdam. www.sparkwomen.eu

+ Also featuring an original song composed and performed especially for Spark by Eva Ellingsworth, www.facebook.com/evaellingsworthmusic.

The next Spark conference is on Tuesday 27 March 2018 and other events are also scheduled.

This audio report will also be shared on rotation Broadcast Amsterdam’s beta radio station during February and March 2018.

Amsterdam Film Show | February 2018

Can a monster romance charm someone who doesn’t like monster films or romance films? Are child actors ever bearable? We’ll see, as our Amsterdam Film Show tips for February are here … 

  • David Swatling reviews The Florida Project  and The Shape of Water 
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the rest of the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month; The Post, Black Panther, and I, Tonya.
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube, TV, radio & audio versions + text script below
  • links via Pinterest






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


The Post | Director: Steven Spielberg | Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The Washington Post has the country’s first female newpaper publisher and she’s facing a show-down with the government over a huge cover up. How will she handle it?

@Cathycentral: “I’m so bored of the same names, same dirctors, same US focussed historical gaze. I’ll give this one a miss.” 


The Florida Project | Director: Sean Baker | Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch | with: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe


Moonee (6) lives in poverty in a Florida motel with her mother, Hallie. But that doesn’t mean the summer holdiays have to be dull. Together with her band of motel friends, they fill their days with mischief, begging, vandalism and more, while causing the motel manager no end of headaches. But when Hallie can’t make the rent money anymore, can the fun last?

@cathycentral gives it 7/10 

@davidswatling says 8/10

Screening @ Cinecenter  /  Filmhallen /  The Movies / Pathé Arena  /  Pathé Tuschinski   /  Kriterion  / at least 


Black Panther | Dir-Scr: Ryan Coogler (Creed – a Rocky film) | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o & many more

The new king of Wakanda, T’Challa, already faces a challenge for the throne of this advanced but remote African nation. Black Panther steps up and leads the efforts to stop a brewing world war.  

@cathycentral says: “This is your top movie choice if you are looking for spectacle and action this month, and obvs better to see on a big screen so now’s your chance. Feted for the costumes especially, but the storytelling has also had great reviews – and story often lets the Marvel franchaise down …


The Shape of Water | Dir-Scr: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon


A strange sea creature kept in a secret lab in the 1960s may have found true love with a lonely cleaner. But can their love survive?  

“I highly recommend it”  @davidswatling

Screening @ Uitkijk  / Pathé Arena & Tuschinski  /  Filmhallen  / Studio K


I, Tonya  | Dir: Craig Gillespie | Writer: Steven Rogers | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Tonya Harding, the working class US figure skater is technically brilliant but her reputation becomes tainted when her ex-husband tries to take out her main competion.


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


Sun 11 Feb from 19:00 | Drinks with the host before the film

The Insult | c/o CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Dir. ZIAD DOUEIRI, ARABISCH spoken + EN subs

A fight during the construction of an apartment building in Beirut between the builder, a Palestinian refugee, and Toni, a Libanese christian, becomes a conflict of national significance. Courtroom drama with great reviews.

  • also another Cine Expat on Thurs 22 March probably.


26 Feb – 4 March

Taartrovers Film Festival @ EYE filmmuseum | “Taartrovers Film Festival, known previously as Fantastisch Kinderfilm Festival, is a festival for young children, packed with films and imagination.”

“taartrovers” = cake robbers  

“The festival aims to plant a seed with the young ones that will grow into a budding love for film and a first understanding of film literacy … They can share their observations, and create with one another in the ‘Playground of the Imagination’, a set of interactive installations on site. It’s a national, roving festival and the Amsterdam edition  includes international classics ‘The Neverending Story and Matilda (OVs and lots of cahrming looking shorts. Nick Park’s new aniamtion Early Man is screening but with Dutch dubbing. Opening dance on Monday morning and everyone encouraged to go in fancy dress. The website gives  a lot of info in English and provides age suitability for each item on the programme.



What’s on? Amsterdam

“Here are some ideas, now over to you. Enjoy. x”
    • links via Pinterest
    • video reel
    • text listings
    • Heads Up & Gig List 2018



What’s on? Amsterdam | Feb 2018


Wed 14 Feb | Valentine’s Screening @ LAB 111

The film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, compliments the Mannenliefde beer from the local Oedipus brewery for this brotherly love-in.


18 Feb  | Art Battle @ Pllek | The Art Battle® comes to Amsterdam. It’s a live, competitive painters’ evening when painters create the best they can within 20 minutes. Painters bring their own brushes and tools, but the paint and canvases are already there. The audience vote for their favourite and the paintings are auctioned off at the end of the night. A bar and DJ adds to the fun. Register in advance to enter the competition.


19 Feb | Belle & Sebastian @ Carré theater

The Scottish indiepop band just released a new EP in January, so expect to hear some tracks from How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2. So some dreamy stuff with ‘I’ll be your pilot’ or a bit of fun with ‘Cornflakes’ . This Amsterdam gig also includes, a local viola player, Anna Smith.  


23 Feb | Kendrick Lamar @ Ziggodome

The critically acclaimed rapper with a few platinum-selling albums to his name. The most recent, Damn, earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Tickets are still available, last time we looked.  


24 & 25 February | The Maker Market @ The Maker Store in De Hallen

A weekend given over to sharing “young, innovative brands” that are locally designed and/or made. If you are a local “maker” and want to be part of the market, you can sign up at themakerstore.nl


28 Feb  | The Killers @ Ziggodome | The American rock band are back in town again for what is always a good show. We love the drummer and his dedicated wind machine the best.



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Amsterdam Film Show | January 2018

Is Call Me By Your Name a gay love story or just a coming of age story? We discuss this plus circus freaks, middle America gets the In Bruges treatment, Churchill makes a big decision and Christopher Plummer finally getting All the Money in the World … our Amsterdam Film Show tips for January are here. 


  • David Swatling reviews Call Me by Your Name (in NL cinemas from 11 Jan)
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions (or see text script below)
  • links via Pinterest


Call Me By Your Name | DRAMA | Dir. Luca Guadagni | Scr: James Ivory (novel: André Aciman) | w. Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet | in Amsterdam cinemas from 11 Jan

“In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.”

See the AFS video above for a review from @davidswatling 

Screening @ Cinecenter / Filmhallen / FC Hyena in Noord / Rialto / Pathe City / Pathe Tuschinski / Studio K & The Movies  – so a lot of love for this film anticipated in Amsterdam.


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


The Greatest Showman | Dir: Michael Gracey | w. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

“Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary (Barnum) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”


 awards favourite …

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | CRIME DRAMA | (Dir-Scr:  Martin McDonagh | with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell) – so from same team of In Bruges.

“A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.”

 and a Kevin Spacey-less …

All the Money in the World | Dir: Ridley Scott | with Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams  


Darkest Hour | Dir: Joe Wright | with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

“During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.”


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

Sun 14 Jan | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER

Thelma + EN subs | DRAMA FANTASY | NORWEGIAN | Director:-Scr Joachim Trier |+ Drinks with the host before the film

“A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge as seizures with devastating results.”

Very good reviews! “Though it may seem at first like an unoriginal combination of Carrie and Blue Is the Warmest Color, Thelma is a haunting and sometimes pretty tense film centered on a young teenage girl from a strongly religious family struggling with her sexual impulses and desires.” Carlos Magalhães

wed 17 Jan pm | Raising Arizona ( NC & Holly Hunter) @ Studio K | part of their Nicolas Cage month

From 20 Jan | EYE Jean-Luc Godard series | in French with NL subs mostly but two of the series are with EN subs | One of which is: Masculin féminin … Godard dives into Parisian youth culture in the turbulent 1960s. Outspoken, wild, playful, free of form and rules, a satire and tragedy in one.”

 Sun 28 Jan AL DAY | PAC Festival @ Pathe Tuschinski | The Post / I Tonya & three more Oscar-worthy films 

Amsterdam news | Jan 2018

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.

Jan 2018 | week 1

Het Parool newspaper has issued a useful guide for Amsterdammers listing all the changes coming in from 1 January. Here’s a few examples …

Old scooters banned | The city’s environmental zone has been expanded which means older scooters from 2010 can no longer enter the city. Until April offenders will just get a warning but after that they will be introducing fines.

No more smoking on the ferry | The ferries across the IJ will become completely non-smoking from 2018 onwards, even on the outside decks.

Clean taxis | From 8 January, only taxis that run on green gas or are completely emission-free (such as electric taxis or cars powered by hydrogen) can use the ranks at Amsterdam Central Station and Leidseplein. 

Bike lane ban | We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the long-awaited ban on scooters from the city’s bike lanes (probably autumn).

Reports for Booking.com rentals | Amsterdammers who rent their homes out as holiday rentals through Booking.com, must now report this to the municipality. It must not be longer than sixty days per year and not to groups of more than four people.

Bike stables first 24 hours free | The city has increased the free bike parking available in popular spots, including at the Pathé de Munt, Paradiso, Zuidplein, Station RAI and Vijzelstraat. It’s free for the first 24 hours, but if you leave your bike for longer that will be charged at €1.25 per day.

Letterbox advertising needs yes stickers | From now on, only letterboxes with a ‘yes / yes’ sticker on it will get advertising brochures through their doors. It’s estimated that this should save about 1.8 million kilos of paper, or about 6000 trees.

Playgroup fees introduced | Nearly 200 free ‘peuterspeel­zalen’ (playgroups) in Amsterdam will now become commercial childcare organisations, where parents must pay a fee ranging from €5-250 per month, the amount depending on your earnings. All toddlers between 2.5 and 4 years are entitled to a minimum of fifteen hours at a ‘peuterspeel­zalen’, spread over three days. Parents will not be required to stay there with their child.

Tourist tax up and down | Hotels in Center, South, East and West are going to pay more tourist tax (so now 6%) but in other areas it will drop to 4%, with the intention of encouraging a better distribution of tourists across the city.

The weather outlook | The first storm of the year will be crossing the Netherlands on Wednesday with heavy winds expected between 11am and 4pm. A code orange has been issued for Noord Holland, including Amsterdam . By the weekend it should be drier and sunnier.  (Courtesy of BBC weather and weer.nl)

Links & sources …

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Amsterdam Film Show | December 2017

A poker queen fights the FBI, Jedi knights, a young deaf actor, not one but two  Franco brothers, a migrant bear and migrant queers. Our Amsterdam Film Show tips for December are here. 


  • our review of Molly’s Game (from 26 Dec in NL) from Megan Buxton & Cathy Leung.
  • Added commentary from guest critic David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …
  • links via Pinterest



Molly’s Game | DRAMA | Dir. Aaron Sorkin | w. Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba | 26 Dec in NL

After running high stakes poke games for celebrities and the totally minted in LA and New York, Molly Bloom is facing prison unless she gives the Feds intel. Will she squeal? 


@cathycentral:  “A 6/10 for a good story but it seems to stay close to her book, her voice and not very objective.  I think the director held back too much – there’s so many powerful people, some of which are his friends, and I think he chickened out. I, Tonya is coming out soon and that looks much more entertaining.” 

Megan: “A quick-paced script and characters speak to one-another in quick succession. This technique is also used in The Big Short and Wolf of Wall Street, and I think is intended to mind-boggle the audience, keeping them slightly alienated from the details of triple A mortgages/ shares/ poker. This made the film appear well-researched and intelligent.  One of the few films with a (formerly) successful and ambitious woman who is still portrayed as likeable, friendly and clever. had no choice but to include it.”



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


Paddington 2 (OV) | Director: Paul King | w. Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, + regulars | Screening @

“Paddington Bear has settled into London life with his new family but when it’s time to buy a family birthday present he gets caught up in a criminal underworld.” (OK that sounds dark. It’s not obvs.)

then, from 7 Dec …

Wonderstruck | FANTASY DRAMA | Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Brian Selznick (based on the book by) | inc Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams | Screening @  

50 years seperate a Mid western boy and a girl from New York from days gone by. But something connects them …

“Just looks magical!”


Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Dir. Rian Johnson | Writers: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by) | w. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher | (Episode 8 in the series, the 2nd in the new trilogy.)

Having found Luke Skywalker, young apprentice Rey joins Leia, Finn and Poe in another epic battle, unlocking secrets of the Force.

@cathycentral: “I have a bad feeling about this” (that Luke will turn out to be a baddie). But it’s the one i’m most likely to go see at the cinema if I’m honest.


The Disaster Artist | Dir: James Franco| w. Dave Franco, James Franco 

“In 2003 Tommy Wiseau, an independent filmmaker and larger than life character wrote, directed and produced his vanity project and romantic drama, The Room, spending $6m in the process.  It’s now a cult classic. Here’s the story behind the best-worst film ever.”

  • Stars James Franco as Tommy Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Greg Sestero.”
  • So far highly rated by critics and audiences alike, hailing it as both funny and touching.” Eg “In a kooky yet vulnerable and heartfelt performance, Franco gets right at the heart of what makes Wiseau a true hero – his sheer willingness to try” Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service


Molly’s Game (discussed earlier, see review)


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

6-10 Dec

International Queer & Migrant Film Festival @ De Bale


Sun 10 DecOn Body and Soul + EN subs | Hungarian Golden Bear Winner | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Drinks with the host before the film

A worker in a slaugherhousekeeps herself to herself but then she discovers her dreams and her bosses dreams are strangely similar. What can this mean?




18 DECEMBER | 22:00 | The Untouchables (1987) + whisky tasting @ Kriterion

21 Dec – 1 Jan| Christmas movies screening at a pop-up cinema at De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI


‘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.)





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.

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


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.


Are you ready for a Good Time? | Ams Film Show | Oct 2017 #1


  • film reviews of 120 BPM and Good Time  from David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month (up till 12 Oct)
  • special screenings: a nearly sold out voorpremiere
  • YouTube, Soundcloud & TV versions, or see text script below …





120 BPM | Director: Robin Campillo | Writers: Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel | (28 Sept release NL)

“The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.” IMDB

Screening @ Filmhallen, The Movies,  EYE filmmuseum, Cinecenter, Rialto


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


Blade Runner 2049 | SCI-FI DRAMA| Dir: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

  • Set 30 years after the original, cult film … bladerunners are still around doing the same old thing. One of them, ‘K’, discovers a secret and feels the need to track down Deckard from the first film for answers.
  • Local star Sylvia Hoeks (she was in the Dutch films, Tirza and De Storm) plays a baddie named Luv, with a very high kick.
  • Promises plenty of action and stunning cinematography but also revisits that central question: what it is to be human?
  • @cathycentral: “Can masses of 5-star reviews be wrong? Sometimes, yes. But I’m inclined to believe the hype for this one.

Screening @ FC Hyena, Filmhallen, Kriterion, Pathé chain, The Movies, EYE (but IMAX screen at Pathé Arena recommended)

also from 5 Oct:

Loveless | RUSSIAN DRAMA | Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev

From the maker of Leviathan, “A divorcing couple have to co-operate when their son goes missing.”

Screening @ EYE filmmuseum, Rialto (but with NL subs)

CL “Sounds like a mundane domestic drama but expect much more … also a  judgment on modern Soviet society, and very well shot.”


Good Time | DRAMA | Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie| Writers: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh

“Set all in one night in grimiest NYC; after a bank robbery goes wrong, career criminal Connie needs to free his vunerable brother from prsion hospital before it’s too late.”

Screening @ Filmhallen, The Movies, Kriterion, Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé City

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

also from 12 Oct

Borg/McEnroe | DRAMA | Director: Janus Metz | Writer: Ronnie Sandahl| Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård,

Explores the intense rivalry and differences between the two 80s tennis stars, Björn Borg and John McEnroe.

Screening @ The Movies, Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé City, Filmhallen, Cinecenter

@cathycentral says “So it’s a bit like the 2014 film Rush, about the two rival racing drivers. But without Chris Hemsworth ☹️”.


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

LAB 111 Loves Cinema | (weekender)

13 oktober| 21:30 | Your Name Japanese animation. Voorpremière. NEARLY SOLD OUT



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.


Amsterdam news | week 38, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 38 | shared 21  Sept 2017 

The city of Amsterdam has seen an outpouring of gratitude and sadness as the Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan finally steps down due to his illness | From messages on the municipality’s website, to an organised applause outside his house; Amsterdammers let their feelings about their popular mayor known.  Van der Laan announced the news in a letter to all Amsterdammers and urged people: “Take care of our city and of each other.” The deputy mayor Kasja Ollongren will step into his role for now.

Eighteen childrens’ farms in Amsterdam have agreed new principles for the welfare of their animals | The city in turn, has made an extra €530,000 available to them, to be spent on housing, education and security.

As a judge upholds Geerte Piening’s fine for urinating in public, the feminist outcry continues | ‘Caught short’ one night in Leidseplein, after all the bars had closed Geerte said she had no option; in Amsterdam there are 35 public restrooms for men and just a few for women. The judge maintains that she could have used a men’s urinal. On Facebook nearly 8,000 people have shown an interest in protesting this idea, and Geerte is hatching her own plan to fix the situation. Expect a demonstration …

Not one but two Amsterdam office buildings have won international architecture awards | In Noord, the HQ of buggy company, Joolz, renovated an old industrial hall and in the Houthavens, the European HQ of Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger sits at the end of a pier.

The local green party, Groenlinks, have shared their draft election program, which includes some big asks | They want to ban cars from the city centre, including Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade. GroenLinks also says cars users should lose privileges, such as cheap parking and immense space. 10,000  parking spaces should be converted into bicycle parking spaces, they say. [Hang on, did they say “cheap parking”?] According to Het Parool, other eye-catching policies announced by the party include decolonising school books, banning Zwarte Piet from the city, allowing the city to buy the debt of those in financial need, and banning consumer fireworks.

Hotspots for bike jams have been documented by Het Parool | With up to 60 metres trailback on the bike paths up to Museumbrug where Centrum meets Zuid, 48 metres at De Clercqstraat and Bilderdijkstraat in West, and 20 metres at Czaar Peterstraat and Sarphatistraat in Oost, bike jams are a real headache at rush hour, the paper shows. One expert says simply making the cycle path wider will not solve the problem. So what will?

The new look Rokin is now open | After two years of construction work, the new boulevard was unveiled. More walking space has been added, new trees have been planted, and there are plenty of terraces for those sunny autumn days.

Research has shown that a bike bridge between Zeeburgereiland and Sporenburg would not result in many more motorists or tram 26 passengers changing to bike travel.  Het Parool reports that as most travelers head to the eastern and southern sides of the city, a new bridge towards Centraal Station would not make much difference. The €140m price tag was also felt to be too high and there would be an undesirable effect on the quiet area of Sporenburg (which faces KNSM-eiland). The municipality has said that further research is necessary and there may be other options to explore, such as a cycling tunnel to Sporenburg.

A top Amsterdam hotelier speaks out to defend the industry | Remco Groenhuijzen, the director of the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand, has said to Het Parool that he is “disturbed” by the one-sided image locals have of the hotel industry. “It is in the interests of every hotelier that the city is alive” he says. He also believes that the sudden growth in the number of hotels may have affected the perceptions of Amsterdammers on the issue.

Speaking of which …

A new Asian-themed hotel on the Geldersekade gets the green light | A new hotel can only be built in the city centre if it has a unique new concept and local residents objected to Kin-Ping Dun’s plans. However, a recent ruling has found that the property owner’s dream for a asian-hotel, and studio for asian artists, meets this requirement.

Heads up | Some things in Amsterdam are destined to get sold out, so here’s a heads up for tickets you might not want to leave to the last minute.

  • Evanescence, the US rock band will play a live concert with orchestra on Sunday 25 March 2018, as part of their  Synthesis tour. It’s at the AFAS (formerly known as the Heineken Music Hall and tickets go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • Alt-rock band, Imagine Dragons, will play the Ziggodome on 19 February 208. Tickets also go on sale on Friday 22 September. 
  • And finally the annual Britsoc Bonfire Night will take place on Sunday 5 November from 16:00-20:00 at the Watersportscentrum Sloterplas. There will be food, BBQ, mulled wine and a Guy Competition, for what is also Guy Fawkes Day.

🌤 And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and weer.nl

Sunny intervals forecast for the weekend, and hardly a drop of rain. Expect a sunny day on Sunday when the temperatures may reach as high as 20 degrees.

For more on these stories and sources, see the links on our Pinterest News board below.


Amsterdam news | week 37, 2017

A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.




week 37 | shared 14  Sept 2017 

The Deputy Mayor addresses the effects of tourism and expats on the city | Kajsa Ollongren, says in an interview with Het Parool that although the city is doing well, she wants it to be for everyone. “My greatest concern is affordability and accessibility,” she says and identifies the housing market as key to this. She’s particularly concerned for families and those on middle incomes. On expats, she says: “It’s good for the economy when companies come to Amsterdam, which creates jobs, also for Amsterdammers … this city is built on people who come here …”

Amsterdam budget could move to flights to Lelystad | The Deputy Mayor has also confirmed that her party strongly supports the development of Lelystad Airport. With the idea that budget flights and night flights could move to Lelystad while Schiphol keeps the high-value and business flights.

The massive Hudson’s Bay store is now open on the Rokin | The Canadian store offers mid range stuff, that may or may not fill the gap left by the V&D and OMG it’s open until 21:00 everyday. Even Mondays. Until 17 September there’s also “the Netherland’s first” pop-up Power Nap Station … The brainchild behind this literally says “We want to make people realise that you can do so much more on a mattress than just sleeping.” Uh huh! (It’s not just Amsterdam. The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden and Almere will also have a Hudson’s Bay.)

!WOON, a tenant support agency has opened a free helpdesk at the WTC Amsterdam | Their experts offer confidential advice on rental contracts, tenancy disputes, liaising with landlords and more. !WOON is funded by the City of Amsterdam and the helpdesk is based at the IN Amsterdam office (formerly known as Expatcenter Amsterdam), open on Fridays from 12:00 until 13:30. It’s a walk-in service, no appointment necessary.

Increase in international school places underway | Following the rising demand for access to international education, the City of Amsterdam has made some progress with three new schools and several expansions, within Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, ready for the new school year this September. The new international schools are in Amstelveen, Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer. Several existing international schools (in Hiversum, Almere and AICS in Amsterdam) are also now able to offer more primary or secondary school places. But this is just the start of what they call the “Delta Plan”.

Local photographer, Sam van Dam, aka AmsterSam, has sadly passed away | Known for his artistic photos of Amsterdam as caught in the reflections of puddles, mirrors and shop windows and an active supporter of new artists, our thoughts are with his many friends and family. An informal meeting in memory of Sam will take place this Sunday 17 Sept at Cafe Schuim on Spuistraat at 17:00.

Noord has two new skateparks | On 15 September, the Flipperkast skatepark opens on Buikslotermeer square and at the eastern waterside, near the ferry to Azartplein, you can now find the indoor Skatepark NOORD.

For more on these stories, see the links on our Pinterest News board.

And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and weer.nl

More rain this weekend, but some sunshine too. Expect dry mornings but some heavy showers in the afternoons. Sunday is the best bet to be clear. Temperature no higher than17 degrees.


Amsterdam Film Show | Sept 2017


  • Our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • mini reviews of It and Girls Night from Amsterdammers
  • special screenings: including the Cine Expat series, a chilly but free  outdoor film festival and hanging out with the Dutch film industry over in Utrecht
  • a quick PAC chat with Thom Hoben, programmer at Pathé Tuschinski about the all day PAC festival on 24 Sept
  • YouTube, Soundcloud & TV versions, or see text script below …



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.



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



Based on the famous Stephen King book. After a spate of missing children in their small town, a group of kids take on a sinister clown with a dark history.

@ Filmhallen & various Pathe screens

@cathycentral: “It’s had top reviews, but it’s really only for those who can handle the scares. So not me.”

But, Amsterdam crime writer, David Swatling can and he’s seen it already. He says:

“Indulged in IT doubleheader. Saw first screening of the film this afternoon and watched the 90s miniseries all in one go on Dutch TV the same night. Fascinating to compare in such close proximity. Movies don’t scare me as they once did, but I recommend the new incarnation … Whereas I found the 90s miniseries unexpectedly dated, most risky choices in the new film work surprisingly well. It was kinda Stand By Me meets The Walking Dead. The young cast is fantastic and drive the story in every way, from humor to creep factor.

But for a whole lot of fun, you might like ….


Dir. Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith +

Four friends reunite for a trip to a New Orleans festival and some much needed girl time.

@cathycentral: “With that plotline, the film can almost write itself …”

Screening @ Pathe chain

There’s a 89% rating on RT, but what about the local critics? We asked Amsterdam Mamas Book & Filmclub what they thought …

Elvira Helena Brock Mendoza says: “I don’t know if enjoyed the movie more or the people around me laughing so hard and screaming ” Go girl” Or ” Hell yeah!” Really cool and funny movie! Totally recommend it for a good laugh and feel good feeling.”

also from 7 Sept: The Beguiled | SOUTHERN GOTHIC THRILLER | Dir. Sofia Coppola | Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst +



Dir.  Aisling Walsh | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins

Set in Nova Scotia, a young woman with arthritis takes a job as a housekeeper for a  reclusive farmer. She finds love, but also, fame as folk painter. Based on a true story.

@cathycentral: “If nothing else, it’s an affordable way to see more of Novia Scotia.”

Screening @ Filmhallen @ Cinecenter – at least

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 chain @ Filmhallen – at least

also from 14 Sept:  Mother! | DRAMA HORROR| Dir. Darren Aronofsky | Jennifer Lawrence +  

@cathycentral: “Big name production but the ! seems a bit desperate to me. But others will love this trip donw an insanity rabbit hole.”


Kingsman: The Golden Circle | ACTION COMEDY

  • Dir. Matthew Vaughn | Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges (the A-list goes on and on …)

Eggsy is back and .. when the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world … (do you really need to know the plot?) This one’s also got US spies in it.

Screening @ Pathe chain – at least

But if that’s a bit too silly, there’s …

Victoria & Abdul | Dir. Stephen Frears | stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal +

Queen Victoria forms an unlikely friendship with an exotic male. Again.

Screening @ Filmhallen @ Pathe chain – at least

@cathycentral: “Did you spot Eddie Izzard in the trailer?”



Dir. Kathryn Bigelow | stars John Boyega, Will Poulter +

It’s 1967, Detroit is under curfew and the Michigan National Guard is patrolling the streets. A true story of racist violence and murder.

@cathycentral: “Disturbing and timely.”

Screening @ Filmhallen @ Pathe chain – at least

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


@ Sloterplas, Sloterstrand so beach near De Duikelaar watersports

  • outdoor, take a jumper + blanket?
  • 13:00 screenings on Sat & Sun, otherwise pm.
  • No website or accessible listings, but prog flyer is on their FB
  • No special theme, some mainstream + a few curated films.
  • Sat 23 Sept 13:00 – La La land.



Thurs 28 Sept 21:00 | The Nile Hilton Incident + EN subs

CRIME THRILLER | In a room of The Nile Hilton in Cairo, the body of a female singer is found … it’s loosely based on the murder on Suzanne Tamim in 2008. (An Egyptian businessman and politician turned out to be responsible for the crime that shocked Egypt.) Winner of the Juryprize @ Sundance.

Drinks with host Katie Crook before the film


20-28 Sept  | Nederlands Film Festival

  • Mainly for the Dutch film industry but special programme for internationals, and with EN subtitles, eg In Blue, Tulipani and more.
  • Utrecht – seriously it’s not that far and they have a nice new train station.  


Sun 24 Sept  | PAC Festival

Pathé Tuschinski (Zaal 1), from 10:30 tot 23:15

Five special premieres one after each other (with breaks). High quality films, think Oscar noms potential …


Amsterdam Film Show | August 2017


  •  Interview with World Cinema Festival Amsterdam director, Raymond Walravens (worldcinemaamsterdam.nl)
  • Our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting the Netherlands this month
  • Film events including the Cine Expat series, Martin Scorsese – The Exhibition last chance to see, Dunkirk in 70mm and why, plus our picks from the Pluk de Nacht and World Cinema Festival Amsterdam programmes. (Links in the Pinterest board below)



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.


The making of ‘Faces on the Ferry’

We interviewed local illustrator, Rachelle Meyer, about her sketchbook project ‘Faces on the Ferry’. She told us why she started sketching the people she saw every day on her ferry commute from Amsterdam Noord to her studio in the city centre.

Short interview (4:53)

“I can just kind of stand here and … intimately doodle on the ferry.”

(Broadcast on Salto 1 TV in ‘Salto Shorts’.)

Extended interview (13:45):

“Starting Therewise Enterprises was … a way of encouraging us to make personal projects important again.”

(Broadcast on Salto TV as part of our ‘Amsterdam Startup Stories‘ series.)

Faces on the Ferry by Rachelle Meyer:

A hammam with history

A hammam with history! Our SO DAM LOCAL filmmakers captured the old-time vibe of the Hammam Amsterdam beautifully and the owner tells us their story. #gezelligheid

Filmmakers: Aimilia Mouzaki & Bondo,