Event details

+ Q&A with Henry Goodman, Emily Harris and Ate de Jong.

Attending this event

Henry Goodman

Henry Goodman is a renowned English actor who has been awarded the Olivier award twice for his roles as Charles Guiteau in Assassins directed by Sam Mendes and for Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at the National Theatre. His many film roles over 45 years include films such as Their Finest, The Dammed United and Taking Woodstock, along with a notable career in television, appearing on shows such as Yes, Prime Minister and Unfinished Business.

Emily Harris

Emily Harris is an editor, producer and director. She studied fine art and worked in theatre before turning her attention to filmmaking. Harris worked as an editor and producer on several award-winning documentaries, including Tovarisch, I am not Dead. Emily has worked on two films screening at this year’s festival: she edited 17 Beginnings of Talia and co-directed Love is Thicker Than Water with Ate de Jong.

Ate de Jong

Ate de Jong studied at the Filmacademy of Amsterdam. He directed 6 feature films in The Netherlands before moving to Hollywood. His first directing assignment was an episode of Miami Vice (starring Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, James Brown and Chris Rock) His US features include: Highway to Hell (starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Gilbert Gotfried and Ben Stiller) and Drop Dead Fred (starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Marsha Mason and Bridget Fonda). He made a comedy radio show for NPR broadcasted nationwide in the USA.

Living in London he directed All Men Are Mortal (starring Stephen Rea, Irene Jacob, Chiara Mastroianni and Marianne Saegebrecht) based on the book of Simone de Beauvoir and the sexy thriller Fogbound (starring Luke Perry and Ben Daniels). He produced international pictures Left Luggage (Isabella Rossellini, Maximilian Schell and Topol) and The Discovery Of Heaven (Stephen Fry). He recently made Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey with Raindance. And Love Is Thicker Than Water starring Johnny Flynn, Lydia Wilson, Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. Ate de Jong also wrote a book with party games for children.

Films screening at this event

Love Is Thicker Than Water

Ate de Jong
Emily Harris
Henry Goodman, Juliet Stevenson, Johnny Flynn
Netherlands, UK
101 min

“Here comes a joyful, funny, rich, rewarding and utterly compelling picture that reminds you what great cinema can do.” – Stephen Fry


This charming and quirky film starring Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman tackles afresh the perennial question: can love truly and decisively conquer cultural and social differences? Vida is a Londoner from a well-to-do Jewish family. Working class Arthur comes from a former mining town in Wales. Falling in love was easy, but can the young couple maintain their relationship under the pressure of their families and society at large?

Contains scenes of a sexual nature.