Stop Acting Now

Mijke de Jong

Desperate attempts by Wunderbaum’s actors to change the world radically. Not words but deeds! So they set off into the suburbs, do some urban gardening and start a crying cafe as the conclusion of their socially-committed project.

To conclude their socially committed project The New Forest, the Rotterdam theatre collective Wunderbaum made a film in which the group stops acting and starts really taking action. In this film, we follow the actors' desperate attempts to change the world radically.
For instance, Maartje starts a group called The Basic Optimists and tries to help a family that's in debt, while Marleen opens a Crying Cafe after the Japanese example in the battle against our stressful positivity culture. Matijs develops an urban gardener app and goes feverishly looking for major investors, while Walter sees more benefit in radical actions. Wine has a child and thinks that total dedication is the best investment in the future.
Stop Acting Now was directed by Mijke de Jong, whose previous film, Frailer (2014), sought out the boundary between fact and fiction, an approach that also appeals to the theatre-makers here.

More information

Filmmaker
Mijke de Jong
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
82
Language
Dutch
Producer
Laurette Schillings, Maartje van Doodewaard, Frans van Gestel
Production Company
Wunderbaum, Topkapi Films
Sales
Wunderbaum
Writer
Matijs Jansen, Mijke de Jong
Cinematography
Emo Weemhoff
Editor
Lot Rossmark
Production Design
Rosie Stapel
Sound Design
Mark Glynne, Tom Jansen, Pepijn Aben
Music
Jens Bouttery
Cast
Matijs Jansen, Walter Bart
Website
http://thenewforest.nl