Rotterdam singer-songwriter Eric de Boer, better known as Ricky de Sire, has worked since the early 1980s on an imposing oeuvre, but it has so far remained completely unknown and unrecognised. Nevertheless, this uncrowned king of Dutch-language rock ‘n’ roll keeps working tirelessly on his repertoire and his physical condition, so he’ll be ready for the big breakthrough.

In this directing debut by Bastiaan Bosma, justice is finally done to his unique talent, which is primarily writing songs that are as alienating as they are poetic: "I feel a cunt around my cock / But that woman has a bag over her head [...] it feels as if she is robbing me of my seed." "Aren't you in cabaret?", a radio-maker asks. De Boer corrects him: "This is vocal art, and it’s about things that really matter." In restrained black-and-white shots, the musician reflects on his work, life and dreams for the future – an intimate portrait of an extremely committed artist. 

EarWORM, screens together with Wages of the Imagination.

The other films shown within Wages of the Imagination + The King of Dutch Rock & Roll

International title
The King of Dutch Rock & Roll
Filmmaker
Bastiaan Bosma
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2019
Medium
File
Length
33’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Ferry Roseboom
Production Company
Excelsior Recordings
Sales
Excelsior Recordings
Writer
Ferry Roseboom
Cinematography
Bastiaan Bosma, Danny van der Wielen
Editor
Bastiaan Bosma
Production Design
Ferry Roseboom, Danny van der Wielen
Sound Design
Bastiaan Bosma
Music
Eric de Boer