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LENGTH: 93 min
COUNTRY: Netherlands
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Comedy
LANGUAGE: Dutch & English w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Robert Jan Westdijk
CAST: Leopold Witte, Tim Linde, Helen Belbin, Julie McLellan & The Waterboys
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Robert Jan Westdijk; CINEMATAGRAPHER: Alex Wuijts; EDITOR: Ruben van der Ven & Robert Jan Westdijk; MUSIC: Maarten de Vos; PRODUCER: Maarten van der Ven & Robert Jan Westdijk


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WATERBOYS tells a humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between crime novelist Victor (Leopold Witte) and his cello-playing son Zack (Tim Linde). When Zack is dumped by his girlfriend and Victor is dumped by Zack’s mother on the same day, the two men grieve and briefly console one another before heading off on a trip to Scotland where Victor hopes to promote his latest book and spend some bonding time with Zack. Victor’s selfish tendencies nearly alienate the fragile relationship he shares with his son, and the trip becomes increasingly turbulent as the reasons for the pairs’ domestic troubles come to light.

Leading roles in this film directed by Robert Jan Westdijk (LITTLE SISTER, PHILEINE SAYS SORRY) are played by Leopold Witte (GOOISCHE WOMEN) rising talent Tim Linde, and Scottish actresses Helen Belbin and Julie McLellan; soundtrack and a special appearance by renowned band The Waterboys (THE WHOLE OF THE MOON).



By Ed Sum

“The visual beauty of Scotland and Edinburgh is brought to the fore in writer/director Robert Jan Westdijk‘s Waterboys…

… very relatable and palpable. It is also a greatest hits package of the Waterboys best songs from 1985 to 2015…

By Adam

“With engaging lead performances, a refreshing soundtrack and a stunning setting – Westdijk makes use of Edinburgh’s best landmarks, as well as some lesser known spots – Waterboys is a warm and charming film of deceptive depth.”


  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 – Official Selection
  • Netherlands Film Festival
  • Woodstock Film Festival