Industry Talk: Take on Archive

As a filmmaker, how do you set about using archive material in your film? In this insightful Industry Talk, organised with Sound & Vision, the team of Klaas de Jonge, The Price for Freedom and Juliette Jansen of Sound & Vision take us through the ins and outs of using archival footage in films. 

Director Marlou van den Berge and picture researcher Anne Margot van der Baan take us into the creative process and practicalities of working with archive material for their film Klaas de Jonge, The Price for Freedom, which premieres at the festival. Where do you look for archive images? And how do you decide which archive images to choose? Juliette Jansen, Media Makers Programme Manager at Sound & Vision, shares some insights into how media makers can use the Sound & Vision collection to incorporate AV archives into their films. 

Sound & Vision (Beeld & Geluid)
As an institute for media culture, Sound & Vision focuses on collecting and preserving most of the audio-visual heritage of the Netherlands: from written press, film, radio and television to computer games, online video and websites, whether or not professionally produced. The Sound & Vision collection is extremely suitable and accessible for reuse and is a unique source of information for students, academics, journalists, international production companies and broadcasting organisations. 

About Klaas de Jonge, The Price for Freedom
Klaas de Jonge was arrested in South Africa in 1985, accused of smuggling weapons for the ANC and perpetrating deadly terrorist acts. After ingeniously escaping the South African police, he fled into the Dutch embassy in Pretoria. He stayed there for 26 months.

Director Marlou van den Berge made an exact replica of the embassy room, including fish tank, chess board and barbed wire outside the windows. In this room, De Jonge relives his past. He meets people whose lives were forever changed by the armed struggle in which he participated. His (step)children, who still bear the marks of the stress he put them through when they were very young. A man who lost both legs in an ANC car bombing. The wife and daughter of an ANC activist who was killed. Underscored with fascinating archival footage, the documentary honestly explores the question: was Klaas de Jonge a freedom fighter, or a terrorist? 


Marlou van den Berge is the director of Klaas de Jonge, The Price for Freedom. With her company Berg in Beeld, she works both as DOP and director. She has worked on many documentaries, such as Out of Breath, the many struggles of Maite Hontelé, The Mayor’s Letter and Helpless

Anne Margot van der Baan, Picture Researcher for Klaas de Jonge, The Price for Freedom.

Juliette Jansen, Media Makers Programme Manager at Sound & Vision