written by Willem Bosch
in co-production with VPRO
genre conspiracy thriller
language Dutch, Irish, German, French
duration 4 x 50 minutes
release 2022
The Spectacular

In the late 1980s, when the Northern Irish conflict known as ‘The Troubles’ is almost as its end, the south of the Netherlands is rocked by a series of horrific IRA attacks that target English soldiers stationed at army bases in Germany, who like to come to Limburg for their nights out. A dedicated team of local detectives is tasked with catching the terrorists, who like to see themselves as freedom fighters. As the story develops, the investigation team comes to suspect that high-ranking Dutch and international authorities are doing everything they can to prevent arrests. Meanwhile, the terrorist unit are preparing an attack of unprecedented proportions in the Netherlands, known as ‘The Spectacular’. The story is told from the perspectives of two women, on different sides of the law. Lead detective Jeanine Maes (Hadewych Minis) is hot on the trail of her nemesis, the mysterious Fiona Hughes (Aoibhínn McGinnity), the most ruthless and only female member of the IRA unit, and finally meets her face-to-face.

Hadewych Minis
Michel Sluysmans
Jacob Derwig
Aoibhínn McGinnity
Kerr Logan
Cillian Lenaghan
Declan Conlon
Porgy Franssen
Ian Beattie
Carina de Vroome
Festivals & Awards
Nederlands Film Festival Utrecht 2021Gouden Kalf - Michel Sluysmans voor Beste Bijrol
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written and directed by Willem Bosch
co-producer Martien Vlietman and Marieke Mols
line producer Alexander Blaauw
director of photography Bert Pot NSC
production designer Wilbert van Dorp
costume designer Lynn van Eck and Ingrid Schagen
casting netherlands Job Castelijn
casting ireland Louise Kiely
casting childeren Elske Falkena
hair & make-up artist Pur Thijs
production sound mixer Simone Galavazi
film editor Herman P. Koerts NCE
sound designer Marco Vermaas
score composer Arno Krabman