Hollandse nieuwe

Documentary (’90)

DUTCH NEW HERRING is the story about the last real herringfishers of Holland. For over thousand years the ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ (Dutch New Herring) is a phenomenon which has become a real national cultural icon.
Every year millions of Dutch people in Holland and abroad are looking forward to the arrival of the first barrel of fish. In the Middle Ages the trade in herring meant up to one-third of the Gross National Product of The Netherlands, but nowadays the Dutch herringfleet isn’t of that great importance anymore. 

Only two vessels – Wiron 5 and Wiron 6 – of shipping company Jaczon from Scheveningen are fishing for herring under Dutch flag. All other ships of Dutch shipping companies fish under foreign flag for herring. This is the reason for the Queen of The Netherlands not to accept the Queensherring anymore since 2003, as she doesn’t consider it ‘Dutch’ anymore.

DUTCH NEW HARRING is a story told from the inside point of view of the Dutch herringfishers in which the romance, comradeship and herring is celebrated and where slowly one of the last Dutch Glories is fading away.

The film will be directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich (1959) who is worldwide know for his multi-awarded trilogy POSITION OF THE SUN (2001), POSITION OF THE MOON (2004) and POSITION AMONGST THE STARS (2010). Helmrich is the only filmmaker winning IDFA and Sundance back-to-back.

DUTCH NEW HERRING is currently in development within the Teledoc-project.

Teledoc is a collaboration between the Dutch Public Broadcasters, CoBO-Fund and the Dutch Film Fund. A Teledoc is a feature-length non-fiction film with a contemporary Dutch subject meant for a wide tv-audience, programmed on prime time on Dutch television

Leonard Retel Helmrich 

Hetty Naaijkens – Retel Helmrich 

In-Soo Radstake
Esther van Messel

Documentary (’90)


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