De mannetjesmaker

Hans Hylkema Feature film - 1983 - 110 min.

Gouden Kalf-winnaar

Beste Acteur Gerard Thoolen

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One of the first Dutch political feature films is a reconstruction of a Dutch political scandal in the sixties. With Gerard Thoolen as the addicted politician Ben Mertens.

One of Holland's first political docudramas is a reconstruction of a political scandal in the sixties. Gerard Thoolen plays the role of Ben Mertens - a.k.a. Ben Corsten -, a PR officer of the Catholic Party, who assumed so much power within the party that he was called the spin doctor. Abused by politicians and businessmen alike, the press agent loses his job and gets addicted to drugs. In 1969, he is admitted to a clinic where eventually he dies from an overdose.


Director(s) Hans Hylkema
Script Hans Hylkema
Ton Vorstenbosch
Producer(s) Hans Klap
Production Company
Hamar Film
Director of Photography
Dirk Teenstra
Sound on Set
Lukas Boeke
Production Country