SYNOPSIS

The Last Chair is a Virtual Reality documentary series about the last stage of life. With a mix of audio, 360o video and animation you step into the daily life of Fred or Egbert.

When putting on the VR glasses, the viewer delves into the lives of two very different elderly people: Egbert and Fred. Each story begins on that special chair in the house where Egbert or Fred spend more time. Thus, the story begins from the perspective of the elderly; you find yourself in the chair in which these seniors spend more and more time during the last years of their lives. From this seat, with the most necessary items at your fingertips, you look back on the life lived and towards the inevitable end. Life seems to have reduced itself to the immediate space where you are in; a small farmer’s kitchen, a lush garden, the world of thought appears infinite. The world seems to be full of stories, reflections filled with regrets as well as blissful memories. 

The voices of the elderly (narrated in English by legendary actors Rutger Hauer and Derek de Lint) take you into the story and slowly change the perspective; you move to other places in and around the house, the character is in the room with you busy with daily chores. You experience the dynamics of daily life and get acquainted with the resident. With a mix of sound, 360o video and drawings, you slowly become immersed in their lives and experience what it’s like to live in the last years of your life? How do you enjoy your life as a gardener when you could have been a jogi? What does ‘home’ mean when you’ve never lived anywhere else?

Produced by Pieter van Huystee film & TV 
Running time: 2x 15 minutes

CREDITS

Production Company 
Pieter van Huystee Film

Producer
Pieter van Huystee Film

Director/ Script/ Interview 
Jessie van Vreden & Anke Teunissen

English voice Egbert 
Rutger Hauer

English voice Fred 
Derek de Lint

Sound/ Interview
Katharina Smets

Music

Rik Elstgeest – Gerry Arling / Studio Delphine 

English translation
Mark Baker

Drawings
Jessie van Vreden

VR producer
Fisheye

Editing
Steve Van Damme

Stitching/ VFX
Willem Mertens

Technical supervision/ Interactivity 
Wout Standaert

Sound recording
Peter Nietvelt

Sound mix
Michel Nols

Production manager Fisheye 
Sarah Verhofstadt

Post-production supervision Fisheye 
Kris Goubert

Voice recording
Key Studio’s Marc Binnema
Studio Delphine 

Datahandling
Watse Eisma / The Fixer

Sales & publicity
Rudolf Kats / Public Film

Line producers
Lotte Gerding, Zoë de Wilde

Funding
Creative Industries Fund NL
Netherlands Film Fund
Dutch Cultural Media Fund 

Amsterdam Fund for the Arts 
provincie Drenthe
KRO – NCRV

CONTACT

Production
Pieter van Huystee Film
Pieter van Huijstee
Donker Curtiusstraat 125
Amsterdam
t. 0031 (0)20 421 06 06
pieterdoc@gmail.com
pvhfilm.nl

Sales and Distribution
pieterdoc@gmail.com

Publicity
(images, stills and screeners)
Public Film 
Rudolf Kats 
t. 0031 (0)20 421 06 06
rudolf@publicfilm.nl

 

 

 

 

© Pieter van Huystee Film 2017

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In 1995 Pieter van Huystee started his own production company. Since then he has produced many film projects and international coproductions, most of them documentaries with renowned Dutch filmmakers such as Johan van der Keuken, Heddy Honigmann, Renzo Martens, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Boris Gerrets, Renzo Martens and young talented directors. Many of the documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have been awarded many times.