BEYOND DISTRIBUTION TO LAUNCH NEW WORLD WAR II DRAMA FEATURETTE
Beyond Distribution is set to launch a new Dutch drama featurette ahead of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the end of World War II later this year.
Gemmeker (1 x 33’) features a dramatic re-enactment based on the transcript of the interrogation of German SS officer, Albert Gemmeker, former commander of Camp Westerbork in the Netherlands and Camp Westerbork survivor, Mauritz Frankenhuis. Gemmeker was accused and convicted of sending 80,000 Jews to the extermination camps.
Both moving and revelatory, the film also features never before seen footage of a deportation, secretly filmed during the production of a PR film about life in the Westerbork camp, which has been completely restored and colourised. It is produced by Dutch producers, The Media Brothers, was commissioned by RTL Netherlands and is due to air on RTL4 in April. The distribution deal was brokered by Floris Weisz, Managing Director, Sport Media Ventures.
Director, Robert Schinkel, comments: “This show is really unique. By blending drama, based entirely on fact, with actual footage of a deportation which has been visually enhanced is truly compelling. We are extremely proud with the show and are excited to be working with Beyond Distribution to make sure the story of what happened at Camp Westerbok lives on.”
Sarah McCormack, Senior VP, Acquisitions for UK & Kids, adds: “What sets Gemmeker apart from other shows is the innovative use of drama reconstruction combined with actual footage of the horrific events it is based on. Coupled with our experience of selling high quality war-related programming, this is a unique show which should work across many territories and timeslots.
The launch follows the recent sales success for Beyond Distribution of two World War II documentaries from French producers, T2MP. Inside Hitler’s Bunker (1 x 60’) has been acquired by Sveriges Television, Sweden, NGC Europe (Hungary & Poland), Foxtel Australia, SBS Australia, ProSieben Television Germany and Rai Storia in Italy.
While Battle of Normandy (1 x 60’)has been acquired bySmithsonian Networks (North America & UK), Societe Radio Canada (French Canada), Foxtel Australia, SBS Australia, NRK Norway, FTV Prima Czech Republic, Polsat Poland, RTBF Belgium, WeltN 24 Germany and Nordic Entertainment Group in Sweden.