A SUCCESSFUL JOURNALIST, PUSHED TO THE LIMIT
BY ONLINE “TROLLS”, FINDS A BLOODY GOOD WAY
TO RID HERSELF OF WRITER’S BLOCK IN
THIS BLACKLY FUNNY SATIRE
In this darkly funny horror film, Femke Boot (Katja Herbers) is a columnist and writer suffering from endless abusive posts and death threats on social media. Femke is obsessed by these hate-filled messages and spends every moment checking her Twitter feed. This obsession consumes her life and her work suffers as she fails to write her columns and novel. One day, all her pent-up anger and frustration explode in a moment of shocking and unexpected violence.
This brutal and bloody act inspires Femke to write again. However, her writer’s block returns and with it her addiction to social media. Secretly, Femke believes there is only one solution to her ever-growing frustration. She surrenders to her murderous rage and alternates the killing and maiming of her social media tormentors with writing her debut novel.
But how long can she continue this double life? Can she hide her nightly murders from her teenage daughter and her new boyfriend, horror writer Steven Dood? And is fighting hatred with hatred really the best solution?
THE COLUMNIST (2020)
Directed by: Ivo van Aart
Written by: Daan Windhorst
Cast: Katja Herbers, Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen,
Achraf Koutet, Claire Porro
Produced by: Sabine Brian, Wynand Chocolaad, Ronald Versteeg,
Director of Photography: Martijn Cousijn
RT: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39: 1
Sound: Surround 5.1
Language: Dutch with English Subtitles