DAY IS DONE *
Day is Done * is an intimate and confronting documentary film about the extraordinary daily routine of Peter Oud, a man who hasn’t been outdoors for two years. In an extremely personal way we experience how Peter’s life is disappearing in the abyss. Peter died in February 2010.
The young director got to know Peter through his side line job at Home- care, where he saw an impressive shopping list when they first met:
six packages of strong rolling tobacco, three boxes of beer, one ham, one cheese.
When Hendrikx quits this job he keeps in touch with Oud. Although inexperienced, he strongly feels the urge to tell his story about this remarkable man who is left to his own devices, isolated from society.
DAY IS DONE * documentary trailer
DAY IS DONE * behind the scenes
From the director
In the summer of 2008 I worked at Home-Care (to earn money for the holidays) and one of the people I had to give supportive care was Peter Oud. I had to help him by doing groceries, so he wrote down a shopping list when I visited him the first time. ‘Six packages of strong rolling tobacco, three boxes of beer, one ham, one cheese’ it said. It was the most beautiful shopping-list I had ever seen.
After the summer I quit the job, but kept in touch with Peter. Slowly but surely I got to know him better and discovered he didn’t see friends nor family. All he had was a cat and a shed, isolated from society and left to his own devices (Home Care often didn’t show up and the contact with the doctor was not intense at all).
What impressed me the most was the routineous way he lived his life, an extraordinary routine I never saw before.
“It would be nice to know people could see that there are people living a life like me”, Peter said.
But he didn’t necessarily wanted to be filmed. From that moment I decided to bring the camera with me every visit. Not to use the material for film, but to let Peter get used to the camera. I wanted to show Peter’s life in an intimate and confronting way, without plain and without reforming the reality. No matter how shocking or raw this reality would be. After three months I felt Peter didn’t know the difference between the camera turned on or off.
DAY IS DONE * credits
a NEWTON film in coproduction with Guido Henrikx
30 minutes, November 2010
director, cinematography & editing
(post-) production, advise & editing by
Ton van Zantvoort
music composed by
Martijn van Geffen
special thanks to:
Martijn van Geffen
Elise de Groot
and everybody that made this film possible
DAY IS DONE * screenings
Original title: DAY IS DONE *
Original language: Dutch
Subtitled language: English
Running time: 30 minutes
Date of completion: November 2010
Date/ place of first screening: November 2010/ Amsterdam
World Premiere: IDFA 2010 Competition Dutch Documentary
Country of Filming: The Netherlands
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
website: www.newtonfilm.nl/dayisdone / http://dayisdone.newtonfilm.nl Technical information
DVD PAL, region 0, 30 minutes
Day is Done * is an intimate and confronting documentary film about the extraordinary daily routine of a man who hasn’t been outdoors for two years.
While working a summer job as a domestic helper, the young filmmaker Guido Hendrikx becomes fascinated by Peter Oud, who hasn’t been outside for two years. Peter always gives him the same shopping list: “Six packs of strong rolling tobacco, 72 cans of beer, one ham, one cheese.” In his directorial debut, Hendrikx offers up an extremely personal, in-your-face portrait of Peter as his life slowly slips away. Peter agreed to be filmed in the most uncomfortable situations, which viewed in hindsight would be his last signs of life. Peter Oud died in February 2010.
Short synopsis (alternate)
DAY IS DONE *
a NEWTON film by Guido Henrikx
|‘One must imagine Sisyphus happy’ Sisyphus – a mythological character – was doomed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this throughout eternity. The gods who condemned Sisyphus had thought there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.The better I got to know Peter, the more I started to see Sisyphus. The house he never left, the typical grocery list, the absurd amount of alcohol and tobacco he consumed, the television he never switched off, the funny way he opened the front door every visit, the humorous stories he kept repeating: every visit seemed an exact copy of the previous one.In his essay Sisyphus Myth Albert Camus describes Sisyphus as the personification of the absurdity of human life. Are the workmen of today, fulfilling the same tasks one day after the other, less absurd then Sisyphus? In my interpretation Sisyphus embodies the routine of life.Camus ends his essay with the sentence ‘One must imagine Sisyphus happy’. Because, according to Camus, ‘the struggle of Sisyphus itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart’. Is Sisyphus unhappy at the moments of struggling, walking up the hill, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? Or lays the tragic in his way back, walking down to his rock, being conscious of his fate?Do we have to imagine Sisyphus happy? It’s to you to judge.|
|About NEWTON film
NEWTON film produces independent creative documentary films with a social, economical or cultural perspective. NEWTON film ‘s have been selected and awarded on the world ‘s biggest documentary and film festivals. Films have been co produced with or broadcasted by the Dutch VPRO, Al Jazeera and TV3. The company is founded in 2005 by Ton van Zantvoort, who is the director of awarded films as GRITO de PIEDRA and ‘a BLOOMING BUSINESS’.About the Director:Guido Hendrikx (1987) is an upcoming talented Dutch filmmaker. Day is Done * is his documentary directing debut, inspired by philosopher Albert Camus and shot between 2008 and 2010. After his secondary education, a two-months lasting study of medicines and a period of traveling and working abroad, Hendrikx went to Utrecht University in 2007. There he studied Liberal Arts & Sciences, mainly following courses on film, media, journalism and philosophy. During these years his interest in filmmaking grew, enrolling at the Amsterdam Film Academy in September 2010. Hendrikx is honored to have the world premiere of Day is Done * at IDFA 2010. In 2016 the new film of Guido Hendrikx was the openingsfilm of IDFA.
Guido Hendrikx, 04-12-1987, Eindhoven
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