Birth of the Western, Holland 1903

Maarten Treurniet Short film - 2004 - 15 min.

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This tribute to what is considered the very first western ever (The Great Train Robbery, 1903, Edwin S. Porter) takes the spectator back to an early 20th century café in Rotterdam, owned by widow Goeman (Tamar van den Dop). The widow runs the café at a time when little dogs jumping through hoops no longer attract any clientele. But Jake Porter (Thom Hoffman) with his living photographs makes the bar fill up again. Goeman seizes the opportunity.


Director(s) Maarten Treurniet
Script Ria Janssen
Edwin Verstegen
Producer(s) Marc Bary
Production Company
Ria Janssen
Director of Photography
Edwin Verstegen
Ralf van Lanen
Production Design
Ralf van Lanen
Sil Stranders Geluk
Rikke Jelier
Alfred Schaaf
Roloff de Jeu
Maarten Treurniet
Sound Design
Peter Warnier
Roloff de Jeu
Sound on Set
Sil Stranders Geluk
Peter Warnier
Production Country