menu Who is Alice

“And… cut!” That’s it. After another morning of shooting scenes, one by one cast and crew exit the film set. They all are in desperate need of a well-deserved break, and they are welcomed with uplifting jokes of a lively couple. Even those who are most tired can spare a smile; Inge van den Broek and Pascale Josephi could not have picked a better time for lunch.

The two are a fine example of those who are invisible, but move mountains, which was of crucial importance during the days of filming in the Netherlands. In May this year, Helmond has been the Hollywood of South-East Brabant for a while. Cast and crew are sweating their guts out to film the largest part of the movie in only three weeks’ time. Inge and Pascale do what is necessary: the catering, because there are many mouths to feed.

Pascale serving lunch for a hungry cast & crew.

Pascale and Inge serving lunch for a hungry cast & crew.

Ludicrous videos
Although much work is being done, there is also a lot of laughter. Despite the magical vibe of celebrity and fame that surrounds filmmaking, Inge and Pascale take everything with a pinch of salt. While the cast rehearses the script. and crew make their final adjustments to equipment settings, Inge and Pascale are occupied with their phones. They are recording a video log: ludicrous videos in which they comment on all that is going on with great irony. Unfortunately for us, the videos never made it to the social media channels of Who is Alice.

The duo is highly charismatic, but besides chatting, there is also a lot of cleaning to be done. The catering is perfect; soup, sandwiches, salads, snacks, and even alternatives for vegetarians are taken care of. Inge describes their work as “it’s either running or standing still, and both are fun in a different way.” Pascale agrees: “When we run, it is very hard work indeed, and when we can relax, we make videos. Seriously though; we’re laughing our asses off all the time.”

Catering: a matter of working hard and laughing a lot.

Catering: a matter of working hard and laughing a lot.

They mostly laugh about how the project is going, often entirely different than we had planned. “At the start we had this idealized picture in mind of how everything would turn out, perhaps slightly naïve. We thought we’d make everything ourselves and that we’d be able to calmly set the table before lunch”, Inge says. “Now we have a more realistic understanding of how it works on a film set. Sometimes it feels as if a hoard of wild animals devours everything in a few minutes and goes off filming again. In those moments, we are glad that we don’t have to do everything ourselves.”

Pascale nods and shrugs. “The longer you are part of the production of Who is Alice, the more you can see the humour of it. It feels as if its more improvisation than planning, because things simply happen, and if they don’t, we laugh about it. Mostly however, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that’s the key to experiencing so much pleasure doing this every day.”

Enjoying the food (and probably the weather).

Enjoying the food (and probably the weather).

From day one
Besides the down to earth self-consciousness, there is room for appreciation, especially for the cast. Inge: “From day one they struck me as devoid of any sign of arrogance or egotism. They are kind, patient and like to stop by for a quick chat in between scenes.” Pascale adds: “They are most grateful of all, aren’t they?” – “Yes indeed”, Inge replies. “And so modest.”

In the meantime the shoot is finished for a while already, and ‘normal’ life continues. Which is no torment at all, because after more than ten days of shooting, the fatigue has also struck Inge and Pascale, mostly physical. Yet, I am curious as to ask: would they be interested in doing the catering for another like-minded film, if the opportunity would arise? Despite their fatigue the answer is surprisingly positive. It would definitely be a pleasure they say. Then they add: “But if they would still want us, remains the question…”

Interview: Jeroen Schalk
English translation by: Judith Boeschoten
Photography: Hans Tibben

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