Drona & me

Director: Catherine van Campen
Running time: 19’ - The Netherlands, 2009

Director’s Bio

Catherine van Campen was born in 1970, in The Netherlands. After studying history at the University of Amsterdam, Catherine van Campen started working as a director and presenter for the Dutch Public Radio. In 2003 Van Campen’s story Beware Pickpockets was awarded for best script in radio drama by the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund. In 2005, as well as 2007 and 2008, her radio work was nominated for the Prix Europe. However, since 2006, her main focus shifted more towards filmmaking.

Contact Director
Catherine Van campen
PO Box 4673, 4803 ER Breda
The Netherlands
+31 614 594510
E-mail: cat@radiomakersdesmet.nl

Festival-Screenings - Awards

2009 Best Script, Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund Price, Amsterdam


IDFA Amsterdam


2010 Berlin International Film Festival, Germany

2009 Drona & me
2007 Eternal Mash

Scenario, Director: Catherine van Campen


Producer: Joost Seelen


Editing: Albert Markus


Sound: Mark Wessner


Camera: Martijn van Broekhuizen


Sound design: Jeroen Goeijers Geluidsontwerp


Music:  Coos de Graaf



Drona & me is a documentary of an autistic boy, Drona (9), through the eyes of his brother Arjun (12). Two years ago Drona was ‘officially’ diagnosed with a certain type of autism. His ability to process information is limited and he therefore has difficulty to make sense of life. In order to get a sense of the outside world, he asks a lot of questions. What is striking about Drona is that he’s crazy about buses. For now, he has only one clear aim in life: to become a bus driver on bus route 192. Arjun is also special, he is extremely clever and he can explain certain things about his brother, something Drona can’t do himself because he is not aware of his disability. Therefore we look at Drona through the eyes of Arjun.

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