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Part of the European Perspectives Strand

Robert Jan Westdijk

  • PG

  • 93 mins

  • 2017

  • Netherlands

  • Dutch, English

Leopold Witte, Tim Linde, Helen Belbin, Julie McLellan, Miles Jupp

  • Director of Photography: Alex Wuijts

  • Editor: Ruben van der Hammen, Robert Jan Westdijk

  • Produced by: Maarten van der Ven, Robert Jan Westdijk

  • Music: The Waterboys

  • Screenplay by: Robert Jan Westdijk

  • Production Designer: Joery Verweij

  • Sound Production: Erik Griekspoor

Director Bio

Robert Jan Westdijk

Director Bio

Dutch filmmaker Robert Jan Westdijk burst onto the scene in 1995 with his debut Zusje, which won many awards at film festivals around the world. After filming a few more box office hits, he took a break from filmmaking, in search of a new balance and purpose. The result was Waterboys, his most personal and heart-felt film to date.


A freewheeling Dutch comedy-drama about a sentimental journey from Holland to the fair city of Edinburgh and a close-ish encounter with a popular band (the title should be clue enough). This warm-hearted film is a father-and-son comedy that is fresh and thoughtful and makes great use of Edinburgh as its vibrant backdrop. A womanising crime-writer and his adult son decide to head – by car and ferry – to Edinburgh where he has been invited to promote his latest book. They find love and invigoration.

Contains flashing images.

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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