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35-year-old Film Yearbook still watches analogue television

It may have escaped your notice, but when last last year Aanmodderfakker was awarded the Golden Calf, it was the very first time a telefilm was awarded as best film.

At the presentation of the 2014/2015 Film Yearbook, this trivia was the prelude to a striking recommendation. From now on, make no distinction between film and television in the Golden Calf awards for best acting performance.

Anyone opening the book will see the argument for merging film and television categories in one of the background articles that complete that annual reference work. In it, television critic and former film critic Hans Beerekamp reflects on the relations and rapprochement between cinema film and television. He suspects that Game of Thrones will now be discussed more often than The Hobbit in the student café. Perhaps, he concludes, the Dutch film world should be more aware that we have entered the Second Golden Age of Television.

If there is any hope on the horizon for Dutch feature film anywhere, it is at the hands of the old arch-enemy, television. Especially in television series, anything seems possible. What appears in the cinema is therefore not necessarily better or more important than what can only be seen on television, Beerekamp argues.

The first copies of the yearbook were presented to Paula van der Oest (Lucia de B) and Michiel van Erp (Ramses), two filmmakers working in both worlds.

Van der Oest could see some merge of the two categories, if only it would shorten the Golden Calf ceremony. Van Erp confirmed that a lot of films and especially documentaries do very well on television.

The 2014/2015 Film Yearbook, edited by Mariska Graveland and Hans Beerekamp, further gives extensive credits and concise descriptions of all cinema films released in the Netherlands in 2014 that are often just a bit more informative than those on the IMDb. Of course, you can also browse it comfortably.

The first yearbook was published in 1981, edited by Hans Beerekamp, Peter van Bueren and Jan Heijs. The current edition has found a new publisher in Amsterdam University Press.

Remarkably, this now 35-year-old reference work is still only available on paper. At the presentation, it was announced that a digital version is now really, really coming.

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Leo Bankersen

Leo Bankersen has been writing about film since Chinatown and Night of the Living Dead. Reviewed as a freelance film journalist for the GPD for a long time. Is now, among other things, one of the regular contributors to De Filmkrant. Likes to break a lance for children's films, documentaries and films from non-Western countries. Other specialities: digital issues and film education.View Author posts

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