Dick Maas

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Dick Maas
Dick Maas (1988).jpg
Dick Maas in 1988
Born (1951-04-15) 15 April 1951 (age 69)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer, film composer

Dick Herman Willem Maas (born 15 April 1951) is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, film producer and film composer.[1]

Maas achieved fame after the success of his music videos for the Dutch band Golden Earring, including "Twilight Zone" and the controversial "When the Lady Smiles," and his films De Lift,[2] Amsterdamned[3] and Flodder in the 1980s. Maas also directed the controversial Christmas slasher Sint (Saint Nick) and one episode of the TV series Young Indiana Jones. The film Karakter won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996. Maas served as executive producer. The film was produced by his production company First Floor Features, founded in 1984. He left the company, which he started with Laurens Geels, in 2001.

His 2016 film Prooi became an unexpected box office hit in China cinemas in 2019. It is also the first Dutch film to secure a wide theatrical release in China. The film was retitled as Violent Fierce Lion.[4]

An authorized documentary about his career is in preparation. In May 2019 Dutch producer Jan Doense and director Jeffrey De Vore confirmed that the project was in production with the full cooperation of Maas himself.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dick Herman Willem Maas[6] was born on 15 April 1951 in Heemstede in the Netherlands.

Maas is married to fellow film director Esmé Lammers, a granddaughter of Max Euwe, World Chess Champion 1935–1937.

Filmography (as director)[edit]

Music Videos[edit]


  • Adelbert
  • De overval
  • Historia Morbi
  • Idylle
  • Long distance
  • Onder de maat
  • Picknick
  • Rigor Mortis



  1. ^ "Dick Maas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  2. ^ Janet Maslin (1983). "De Lift". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Hinson, Hal (March 10, 1989). "'Amsterdamned'". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ https://www.screendaily.com/news/how-dutch-horror-film-prey-took-a-huge-bite-out-of-the-chinese-box-office-/5137983.article?referrer=RSS
  5. ^ https://www.telegraaf.nl/entertainment/3551178/documentaire-over-dick-maas-kan-van-start
  6. ^ Dick Maas (Dutch film director), ISNI. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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