The Crew

Annie Perkins


Annie Perkins (Writer/Director) born in Manchester, UK and moved to Amsterdam in 1975. As a theater maker she has directed many plays including The Haunted Host, Virginia, Sylvia Plath and a stripped down version of The Magic Flute in Nova Scotia, Canada. She recently worked with Julika Marijn on her one-woman show Tegenover Lady Di. Annie opened the first English language voice agency in Holland in 1980, this developed into Holland's first communication training company specializing in the link between creativity and leadership. After traveling all over the world giving courses to senior and top managers of companies such as Sara Lee, DSM, Akzo Nobel, Corus for twenty years, Annie decided it was time to get back to her artistic roots theatre, film and writing.


Annie has written and directed a number of corporate films for Theater Carre, Philips Avent, NSPCC, Floriade amongst others; documentary films for Unicef, National Geographic and Vogelbescherming: short films Crossroads for Rutger Hauer Film Factory, Looking for Tashi which premiered at Himalaya Film Festival in 2009 and was Assistant Director to Conrad Blakemore's film noir Behind The Bar. On the writing front, she wrote two music theatre shows Everybody Say's Don't and Degustation Degustant and is working on treatments for three new feature films The Adjustor a zany American romantic comedy about the world of silly lawsuits and Go Fetch, a British comedy thriller about spies, dog shows, lost microchips and national secrets, and Dying Is Easy, which tackles the delicate subject of euthanasia Annie is also working with Rinku Kalsy on a documentary You've Come A Long Way, Baby about the new Indian feminists and their dilemma of blending tradition with modernity; with Eddy Zoey and Kevin Augello on an original documentary series called Wild Holland for National Geographic and with Ronald Top and Kevin Augello on Off The Grid a programme about the greenest building to be constructed in the Netherlands, if not Europe.


Annie was also responsible for helping set up the charity Medical Checks For Children, which sends out teams of doctors and nurses to orphanages in India and Nepal and a Foundation called Balance Matters that developed an original series of workshops for children around the subjects of healthy eating, fitness, medical knowledge and self-worth and with Pat van der Wall Bake co-authored the book K!ds in Balance.



Christina Jansen

(Executive Producer) is a Sinologist specialising in cultural affairs and public diplomacy. She spent a number of years studying and working in Beijing in the late seventies and eighties and was present during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 where she witnessed the military clamp down to the peaceful protests on 4th June.


Christina has travelled extensively and was one of the first (female) westerners to travel in Tibet in 1980. She has lived in China, Japan, India, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands where she organized the 400 years celebration of Dutch-Japanese relations with over 700 events in both countries. The highlight of these festivities was the visit of the Japanese Emperor to the Netherlands and the Dutch Crown Prince to Japan.


Christina helped set up and was on the board of Medical Checks For Children, a charity that sends medical teams to orphanages in India, Nepal and various other countries.
Click She is a board member of the Lily Eversdijkk Smulders Foundation and of the Foundation Nederlands Muziek Museum.


She is a member of Amnesty International and Greenpeace and sponsors the Leiden University Foundation, which provides grants for refugees who want to go to university. Christina advises film companies on public diplomacy, good governance,  fundraising, networking, producing and documentary film content.



Rinku Kalsy

(Co-Director/Editor) born in Mumbai, India, moved to Holland in 2003 and is the founder of Anecdote Films, now with affiliates in Mumbai and London. Films and cinema being her first love, she left her well paying job in Hong Kong and went to study Filmmaking in Amsterdam.


She then did her animation (3D Max and Maya) in Mumbai. Along with various workshops she has taken at the prestigious Binger Institute in Amsterdam. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She started her media career working at different studios and advertising agencies in Mumbai such as Dungarpur Films, Avitel and Applause Entertainment.


Her repertoire encompasses everything from editing and researching scripts, Directing, Pre-production, Camera work to post-production. As well as being an Apple certified Final Cut Pro editor. Rinku has directed, produced and edited documentaries for Dutch broadcast channels as well as documentaries for International film festivals.



Herman Witkam

(Music Composition) was born and raised in Leiden, his father teaching him music from an early age at his own music school and at elementary school. After studying at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Art Media & Technology, from which he graduated in 2008, Herman further pursued his work as a film composer and sound designer.


Already playing over 50 instruments ranging from Armenian Duduk, Japanese Shakuhachi, Peruvian Quena, Native American Flute and Indian Bansuri to Bass Guitar and Nigerian Udu, Herman started using these instruments in his compositions for film.


During and after his studies he worked on over 80 (mostly) short films, collaborating with filmmakers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Iraq, the UK, Switzerland and many other countries, often over the internet.


This turned out to be the perfect exercise for scoring feature films. Also being a sound designer, Herman is mostly interested in the conceptual side of film sound and venturing in between music and sound design. Herman currently resides in Amsterdam, working from his studio which is based near the Dutch capital.



Erik Griekspoor

(Sound Design) was born at 21-08-1984 in Aalsmeer. From an early age he experimented with music and sound using tape recorders and playing the piano. In 2004 he started studying Sound Design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in Hilversum.


In June 2008 he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Erik works as a freelancer specialising in sound editing, mixage, foley artistry and composing music. He has already worked on a number of feature films, documentaries, animation, commercials and more.


Erik’s genre varies from Pop, Jazz and Soul to Electronic soundscapes and instrumental scores. He is presently working on the foley, sound effects and voices for a short animation project for Patrick Schoenmaker called ‘The Itch’





Kevin Augello


(Camera & Director of Photography) was born in the UK and moved to Holland in 2004 where he began New Earth Films, a production company specializing in adventure, nature, culture and travel. As a teenager he studied film, media and television, specializing in camera work and producing at the National film and Television School in the UK. Then six years ago, whilst sitting out a storm in a tent on Antarctica, he conceptualized turning his hand from being a cameraman to a producer and having his own production company.


Since then many hours have been spent on the road; he has traveled extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and New Zealand, to name but a few… Kevin has filmed documentaries for BBC, BBC Bristol, National Geographic, Discovery, Avro as well as many corporate and NGO films.


Kevin also spent time filming the Emperor Penguin and two months filming the extraordinary attempt by visually impaired climber Thomas Weber on Mt. Everest in Tibet. Being an experienced geologist, rock climber, open water diver and mountain leader, complements his eye as a keen photographer and passionate environmentalist. Kevin is a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen and enjoys lecturing his courses on Hostile Environment Film Training.