Children's filmmaker Henk van der Linden dies at 96 |  1 Limburg

Children’s filmmaker Henk van der Linden dies at 96 | 1 Limburg

Henk van der Linden of Hoensbroek, a well-known children’s film director, died at his home on Saturday at the age of 96.

Family friend Raymond van Hauff confirmed this for L1. The director was seen as a Limburg cinematographer and pioneer of children’s films.

At the beginning of November, van der Linden fell and ended up in hospital. He got a new joint and had to rehab. “Last week he was allowed to go home, but Henk hasn’t recovered. He died in his sleep,” Van Haef said.

Van der Linden wrote his own stories and often drew on protagonists from the young literary genre. Think Dik Trom, Sjors en Sjimmie, Pietje Bell, and Billie Turf. All of the director’s films were shot near his old hometown of Thule. The director has lived in Todren for the past few years.

Guinness Book of Records
Van der Linden has several records to his name. His most successful films Your new adventures trom, which lasted for 28 consecutive years, until it earned him a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

an award
In 2020, he was knighted in the Dutch Order of the Lion. The award ceremony was then held at the former Theater Royal in Heerlen.

In mid-October, L1 broadcast a documentary about the life and work of the director. This is here to watch.

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