Goldfish Game

Duration: 1h 45


Jan Lauwers (born 1957) is a theatre director, visual artist and writer. With Grace Ellen Barkey he founded Needcompany which is considered one of the most interesting theatre companies in Flemish and European theatre. From the beginning, the group has been working in an international, multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.

Goldfish Game tells the story of a small community of people who are violently torn apart by the arrival of a newcomer. The screenplay, written by Jan Lauwers and Dick Crane, was based on Morning Song, one of Lauwers' plays. The film features intensive images, crude and flickering, which, together with the plot, combine into an exceptionally poetical and engaging narrative. Goldfish Game uses interesting formal devices: instead of working with traditional cameramen the filming was assigned to photographers who used long shots and various experiments to create some very suggestive takes that are, at times, surreal. The film premiered during the Film Festival in Venice where it was shown in the New Territories category which presents pieces focused on exploring and the discovering of new visual languages. It was subsequently shown at numerous festivals worldwide.

Directed by: Jan Lauwers
Screenplay: Jan Lauwers
Photography: Maarten Van der Put, Maarten Vanden Abeele
First Assistant Director: Hans Bocxstael
Continuity: Katrijn De Paepe
Editing: Nico Leunen
Sound design: Sen Jan Jansen
Sound: Benoit Bruwier
Light: Jan Van Gijsel
Costumes: Lot Lemm
Music composed by: Doachim Mann
Performed by: Doachim Mann
Featuring: Chris Whithley
Actors: Grace Ellen Barkey, Anneke Bonnema, Timothy Couchman, Dick Crane, Gonzalo Cunill, Hans Petter Dahl, Viviane De Muynck, Misha Downey, Victor Lauwers, Tijen Lawton, Carlotta Sagna, Simon Versnel and Polly as the dog
Production manager: Carl Gyd
Producers: Pieter Missotten (De Filmfabriek), Christel Simons (Needcompany)
With the support of: Fonds Film in Vlaanderen, Canvas, Canal + and Brugge2002
Production: 2002