Flying Anne

Anne is 11 and has Tourette’s syndrome. She also has a great love of life

Catherine van Campen

21 minutes

Flying Anne

  • Catherine van Campen’s film follows 11-year-old Anne through the long and willful days of childhood as she reflects on her hopes and fears. Unlike most other 11-year-olds, however, Anne has Tourette’s syndrome, which manifests itself in involuntary tics and urges. The film is an affecting portrait of growing up different at an age of trying to fit in.

  • Director Biography:

    Born in 1970, Catherine van Campen lives  in Amsterdam where she works as an independent radio presenter and documentary filmmaker. Her debut film Eternal Mash (2007) won the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Completion Prize in 2006 for most promising film plan. In 2009, van Campen made her second film with the award-winning script Drona & Me: a short documentary about an autistic boy and his brother, which toured the world. Flying Anne has won six international awards, including Best Mid-Length Documentary at Hot Docs 2011 in Toronto, Canada, and Best Short Documentary Film at the International Film Festival Visions du Réel 2011 in Nyon, Switzerland.

  • Director: Catherine van Campen
  • Producer: Joost Seelen
  • Writer: Catherine van Campen
  • Editor: Albert Markus
  • Cinematographer: Aage Hollander
  • Original Music: Jeroen Goeijers
  • Co-producer: Zuidenwind Filmproductions in co-production with NCRV

  • Running Time: 21 minutes
  • Language: Dutch with English subtitles
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  • Tornike Khomeriki

    Wonderful. I thought the emotional part was well-balanced, and the shots and scenes were really beautiful. Anne is amazing. She and other kids seem so mature compared to their age.

  • Paul Skogstrom

    This is not a review,simply an affirmation. She is different, nothing more and nothing less. I watched the video and saw a beautiful, loved and nurtured little girl, dealing with a challenge that she can defeat. Her charm, intelligence and compassion more than compensated for the tiny little things she did. I wish Anne the wonderful life that she deserves. Just as she said,I wouldn’t change a thing about her either. She is perfect.

  • Marco Sanchez

    It’s a beautiful piece. I think it serves it’s purpose perfectly, which is giving a glimpse of how hard it is to grow up being different, and how controlling how other people sees us is impossible, but it’s possible to open yourself to let them come in, to understand you, to accept you if that’s what they want, or to leave you alone if it’s not.

    I don’t know what’s the hate with the “Instagram filters”, honestly, I think filters existed way before Instagram and they’re used with a purpose. I think the film is perfect the way it is.

  • M W

    This was so lovely. Thank you for sharing this. I wish I could meet Anne! Such a moving and inspiring young girl.

  • Ubl Bach

    Emotional. Really moving ending. Music worked well. I find it a shame about the arty instagram filters and fairly indulgent styling. The star and focus is the story, and Anne. So much arty dreamy filters cheapens the experience, and begins to feel like she is being used simply to make a great movie when you shoot it in such a way.