The New Forest – Stop Acting Now – extended edition
Stop Acting Now (film)
To conclude their socially committed project The New Forest, the Rotterdam Actors’ Group Wunderbaum has created the docudrama Stop Acting Now, in cooperation with director Mijke de Jong. In this film, leading actors stop acting and switch over to real action. We follow the actors’ frantic efforts to radically change the world.
Maartje Remmers starts a grouping called ‘The Basic Optimists’ and she enters the disadvantaged districts. Marleen Scholten opens a Tear Bar, based on the Japanese model, in order to combat our stressful positivity culture. Matijs Jansen develops an app for urban gardeners and tries to find major investors, whereas Walter Bart sees more merit in undertaking radical actions to undermine the banking business and multinationals. Wine Dierickx gives birth to a child and decides that this is her best possible investment in the future. The differences in approach and vision are increasingly putting the group under considerable pressure. The central objective is the issue of the actual extent of our personal engagement for the common cause.
Extended edition (film + theatre)
After the film, a theatrical Q&A will follow, during which the veteran actors frankly look back on these turbulent events. Did their engagement and idealism actually yield any results? Did they ever start to act again? And anyway, are they still together?
By and with: Wunderbaum live and on screen
Direction film: Mijke de Jong
Camera film: EmoWeemhoff
Production film: Wunderbaum en Topkapi
In cooperation with Rotterdam viert de Stad! and Imagine 2020