Writer, director: Anon Banken
By growing up in Haarlem Schalkwijk I've seen upclose what poverty does to people. In these sorts of neighourhoods you don't talk about what's happening. Sometimes you'd hear the neighbours scream and knew exactly what was happening. Calling the police didn't even seem like an option back then. In this movie I want to start the conversation about what povery and domestic violence does to people in a realistic way. When you grow up in an environment like this you don't feel sad all day, it's just the way things are. Later in life you learn that it's not normal for those things to happen.
Cinematographer: Daan Kretschmann
Anon and I have been working together for a while at the Willem de Kooning Academie. Because of our collaboration we put the idea together to make CATTLE FEED the movie. I want to do this story justice by visualising it the best I can.
Production coördinator: Durmus Özbay
Anon is my best friend. We've shared a love for film since we were kids. He is graduating and I want to help him make this film a big succes. It also has a personal touch for me because Anon inspired the film on the neighboorhoud where we grew up together.
Film score composer: Dylan van Dael
I have been friends with Daan the cinematographer for years. We grew up together and because of him I met Anon. I work in popmusic and will be doing this project from my studio in Berlin. Film music is kind of new and experimental to me but this might be of good use to a project like CATTLE FEED.
Sound: Vitalij Kuzkin
I have worked with the VEEVOER team before and I am looking forward to create something again. The topic of the movie is close to my heart as I grew up in the district of housing blocks in post-Soviet Vilnius, Lithuania. I know exactly what the life of teenagers in poverty is like.
Gaffer: Dirk Zijlstra - Editor: Desley Marcus - Sound: Vitalij Kuzkin
Kim & producer: Susan Joyce
To this day there are still so many misconceptions about the themes of this movie. The idea that you will make it in life by just working hard somehow still exists. CATTLE FEED shows what growing up in a poor environment actually does to you without being too dramatic about it. I've been closely involved in the writing of VEEVOER and seen how much research and inspiration goes into this story. Kims character is a good example of someone who always seems to look out for herself but is actually very damaged. In some ways she reminds me of my younger self.
Bas: Jeroen Schaafsma
During my first collaboration with Anon we both felt an immediate spark. We've been working together on several projects since then. I've seen CATTLE FEED develop from up close and can identify myself with the story. The character Bas is written for me and really suits me as an actor.
Michael: Stefan Collier
All my life I've never wanted to do anything but acting. It has stolen my heart and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I met Susan (Kim) when she was directing my school play as an intern: West Side Story. We ran into eachother on Central Staion a few years later and not much later Anon sent me a message that he had me in mind for one of his characters. That was great to hear and especially when he told me about the themes and the inspiration for the film I was hooked. In my youth I've not been confronted with poverty this much so this is an interesting way to learn more about this side of the Netherlands.