Great Kills Road


Great Kills Road

In Great Kills Road, the father of a handicapped boy goes in search of the mother of his child. This journey is set in New York. Marcel Faber takes on the role of Maas de Boer, the man who begins a search for his ex-wife. Sarah Crane, the woman who has abandoned her young son, is played by American Jillian Crane.

Bart travelled to New York for the audio recordings for this film. He adapted surround sound recording technique and followed the path of the camera precisely. This makes the sound really realistic, and as the audience you are carried along through the picture and the sound.

Bart: “I wanted the sound to reflect the feeling you get as a Dutch person standing in a real world city, to really get Dutch-to-the-core Maas de Boer’s journey across. I went walking through New York with a surround sound microphone specially for this purpose, making exactly the same movements at the same speeds in the same places as the camera during filming. If the camera goes around the corner, the sound turns with it in surround, because I made that turn too. That means you really walk along with him in the chaos of New York, contrasting with the peace and serenity of Uitdam.”

Great Kills Road premiered on 28th September 2009 at the Netherlands Film Festival.

Director: Tjebbo Penning

Producer: Chambers Street Films

Foley mixing: Max Frick

Foley artists: Erik Griekspoor

Sound supervisor: Bart Jilesen

“The director and lead actor draw you irresistibly into his reality in the unpolished Great Kills Road. In a city full of people, this is the only person you care about.”


“Surprising film with a secret”


“Penning gets us to share in a psychological state, a grey area between guilt and penance.”


“Great Kills Road is not only a search for answers, but also a quest for closure and inner peace.”


“Claustrophobic chaos by great film talent.”


“Great Kills Road is an unforgettable experience.”


“Guerilla film making at its best.”


“A downward spiral in the overwrought brain of a man with a terrible secret. The sense of loneliness and alienation is almost tangible. Tjebbo Penning is the new Lodge Kerrigan.”

Jos van der Burg, film critic for Parool and Filmkrant, among others.