Lock, stock, and two steaming bowls of Snert
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Emiel Stoffers, a singer with the Frisian rock bank De Hûnekop is making the world’s first Frisian-language action comedy film, called Stjer. The film will include the cream of Frisian talent, says Stoffers; “and most of them die”, he adds. As reported by the Omrop Fryslân.
An official teaser has been released, which shows Anneke Douma and Griet Wiersma (both former pop stars) gossiping as they get behind the wheel of a Daewoo Matiz. As the key is turned in the ignition, a giant fireball engulfs the car and two women, killing them both. The film began as an April fools joke, which drew so many views that Stoffers has decided to make a full-length version.
“It was a wild idea from a few months back. Now it’s completely comcrete, and we have more time to make it. The idea came from Jeroen Seinstra and I, and then Janko Krist helped broaden it out. We’ve hired a building to make it happen, and are two months into making it now”, says Stoffers.
The film will be a Frisian action comedy. “People always want to compare it to something else, but we aren’t doing that. It’s just a Frisian action comedy with well-known Frisian people. It’s all in Frisian, and is about one and a half hours long. We’ve been really busy with the script, and we think that Hollywood could learn something from us”, says Stoffers.
That script has a somewhat eyebrow-raising storyling, says Stoffers. “There’s a murderer active that wants to kill all these Frisian artists. So I think that if I pay that homeless person a few cents, he can take over my place in the band. I’ll teach him to play guitar and sing in Frisian. After that, loads of other stuff happens but I can’t say too much more: you’ll have to watch the film!”
Stoffers says that the Frisian ‘stars’ in the film include Frerik de Swetser (Frisian pop singer), Oele Plop (Frisian rapper), Gewoon Bram (singer and TV personality); the pop-group Twarres, andJohannes Rypma (a singer known for his appearance on The Voice Holland).
The film is being self-financed at the moment, however Stoffers hopes to gain some support funding in the near future. Stjer will release in 2021.