After finishing her Research Masters in Biology and Philosophy
at the University of Amsterdam,
Marleen van der Werf graduated for a Masters in
(wildlife) documentary filmmaking in the UK.
From out this background, Marleen developed her own distinctive style of writing and audiovisual storytelling.
She now writes, produces, directs, shoots and edits
for (documentary) film projects.
The award winning graduation film ‘Wadland’ (2013)
represents the poetic search for
a lost childhood memory in a tidal area
where time and space continually change.
In the also prize winning documentary ‘Once Upon a Tree’ (2014)
Marleen again combines her love for both nature and philosophy.
In this magical realistic film Marleen portraits the 11 year old Filine
who fears to lose her favourite oak tree
– a metaphor for the childhood she is about to lose.
The meditative ‘Where the Money Grows’ (2015),
is entirely filmed on 15 square meters.
Soundscapes and images take over,
as this story is told without using any dialogue or voice over.
‘Levende Duinen’ (Living Dunes) (2016)
is an audio-walk in which music and audio are gps-controled.
The aim was to create the experience of ‘sense of place’
in an ever changing coastal area.