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Nathalie Jonker (1950)

Jonker in 2012

Nathalie Jonker (24 March 1950) is a Brunanter film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. She is best known for her award-winning films The Tears of a Clown (1987), Aquarelle (1991) and Shadow Children (1996). Her most recent work The Black Butterfly also won four awards at the 2013 Rosetown Film Festival.

CareerEdit

Education and early stepsEdit

Jonker attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1968 until 1971. While there, she met future actor Michel Bircamp, with whom she later worked in Aquarelle (1991).

Jonker quickly gained the reputation of a very talented cinematographer, working in films such as The Crimson Blouse (1980). She had her directorial debut in 1984, with the film The Unknown Man, which received mostly negative critics. Her next film, Outside the Garden (1985), was her writing debut and was received much more better.

SuccessEdit

In 1987, Jonker directed The Tears of a Clown, based on the true life story of Davoud and Joanna Gorga, a pair falsely accused of the Barzona Libre's Ambroos Station bomb attack. The film was a critical and commercial award, winning two awards at the Rosetown Film Festival. Four years later, her drama film Aquarelle won Barker Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Karen Jobse-Veerman).

Jonker's next work (I Don't Remember - 1993), a mystery film starring Josep Olente, was not successful, but today is considered one of the most underrated films of Brunanter cinema. In 1995 she worked as cinematographer in John Fadaaq's award-winning The Wedding (1995). She subsequently directed The Shadow Children (1996), a heart wrenching drama about a psychologist's work in an orphanage. The film won three Barker Awards, including that of Best Film. It was also selected as the Brunanter entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but it did not make it to the final list.

Later yearsEdit

Nathalie Jonker

Nathalie Jonker

Jonker went on to direct three more films, before working as a cinematographer for the historical drama miniseries 1663. According to an interview, she was offered the directorial post, but she refused for personal reasons. Her 2006 film The School Choir was nominated for the Barker Award for Best Actor (Pieter Marsman).

Jonker has made three movies in the 2010's so far. Her first two, The Mountain People (2010) and The High Fence (2012) received mixed critics. In 2013, her latest film was released; The Black Butterfly, starring Filip De Rycke, won several awards at the Rosetown Film Festival, including that for Best Film.

Personal lifeEdit

Jonker married BBN newsreader John Molton in 1982. They had a daughter in 1984 and now have grandchildren.

Selected filmographyEdit

Director Writer Cinematographer Other/Notes
Key (1974)
X
Last Day (1976)
X
During the filming, Jonker met Angela Miller for the first time. They went on to collaborate in many films
Mistaken Lines (1977)
X
Exiled (1978)
X
The Crimson Blouse (1980)
X
The Wolf (1983)
X
The Unknown Man (1984)
X
X
Outside the Garden (1985)
X
X
X
The Tears of a Clown (1987)
X
X
Won - Barker Award for Best Actress (Angela Miller)
Won - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer (Jelka van Bavel)
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Film
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Director
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Actor (Josep Olente)
Dead by June (1989)
X
X
Aquarelle (1991)
X
X
Won - Barker Award for Best Screenplay (Nathalie Jonker)
Won - Barker Award for Best Actress (Karen Jobse-Veerman)
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Film
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Director
I Don't Remember (1993)
X
The Wedding (1995)
X
Shadow Children (1996)
X
Won - Barker Award for Best Film
Won - Barker Award for Best Director
Won - Barker Award for Best Actress (Angela Miller)
The film was also selected as the Brunanter entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee
Foam of the Sea (1999)
X
X
Our Relations (2002)
X
X
X
Jonker's fifth film with Angela Miller
The School Choir (2006)
X
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Actor (Jan Soomer-Delsen)
1663 (2009)
X
Jonker's only work on TV
The Mountain People (2010)
X
The High Fence (2012)
X
X
The Black Butterfly (2014)
X
X

Won - Barker Award for Best Film
Won - Barker Award for Best Director
Won - Barker Award for Best Actor (Filip De Rycke)
Won - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer (May Benley)
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Screenplay (Edgar Doolan)

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