conspiracy and gripping
drama from controversial
Director Theo Van Gogh
murdered on the
streets of Amsterdam in
2004 for his portrayal of
abused Muslim women
The Sixth Of May
centres around a bloody
assassination, the Dutch
government and corrupt
PHOTOGRAPHER JIM DE BOOEY (Thijs Römer, grandson of respected actor Piet
Römer), a 32-year-old photographer for NRC, is not having a good day...
His KLM stewardess girlfriend Lisa (Femke Lakerveld) is nagging him;
his ex-wife Marijke (Ariane Schlüter) is giving him a hard time, threatening
to commit suicide; his 16-year-old daughter Marije (Caro Lenssen) is out of
control and to cap it all while he is finishing a photoshoot with
blonde bimbo soap star Birgit Maas (Georgina Verbaan), six shots ring out and
he has missed the photo of the year by one hundred metres. Not only that, but
his motorbike is knocked over by a car registered to The Green Offensive. Things
can only get worse!
It is 6 May, 2002 the date that 54-year-old extreme right-wing Dutch
politician ("Don't underestimate me, I'll be Prime Minister") Pim Fortuyn was
assassinated. And Jim was so close to the scene but missed it! The Sixth
Of May is a fictional account of a true assassin-ation but don't
underestimate the sneakiness of the baddies in this keeps-you-guessing film.
De Booey has unwittingly captured some incriminating evidence on his camera
and there are those who will stop at nothing to get it but who are the
bad guys? He finds himself being followed and his houseboat is trashed.
theories concerning the Dutch government abound and the photographer is drawn
deeper into the plot with his reputation and even his life at risk
as he begins his own investigation and meets a young Turkish woman, Ayse Him
(the beautiful Tara Elders), who may or may not have taken part in the murder
she was imprisoned for.
Who is the mysterious Van Dam (Jack Souterse) who seems to be associated with
Ayse's probation officer Thera de Rijk (Marlies Heuer)? How did Ayse become
involved with the sinister Wouter Heemskerk (Gijs Naber) and Volkert van der
Graaf (Relnout Bussemaker). And is Ayse's boyfriend Erdogan Demir (Cahit Olmez)
everything he seems to be?
De Booey believes Ayse holds the key to the assassination and his situation
becomes even more dangerous when there is an attempt to kidnap his daughter
and his friend John van Gaal (Johnny de Mol), Lisa and Marije's Moroccan
boyfriend Hamid (Fouad Mourigh) all
become caught up in the fallout.
Masterfully shot and beautifully edited, The Sixth Of May blurs the lines
between the fact and fiction. The remarkable music is by Rainer Hensel and the
addictive title song, Broad Daylight, was written, composed and performed
by Gabriel Rios.
Bluebell Films is delighted to announce the release of this compelling multi-award
winning film, The Sixth Of May, which is available for the first time
on DVD on 31 March (2008).
"Slickly made… bizarre and shocking" The Guardian
"The Sixth Of May… don't underestimate the sneakiness of the baddies
in this keep-you-guessing film" MotorBar
Theo Van Gogh was murdered on 2 November 2004, just two months after his controversial
short film Submission about the abuse of women in Islamic environments
was aired on Dutch national tele-vision. Prior to his death he was critically
acclaimed and won several awards for his inspiring films which included Luger
(1982) BlindDate (1996) and Cool (2004).