WRITERS ROOM FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
Winchester McFly: The Writers Room of the Netherlands.
Six screenwriters sharing a dream: to write original and prime quality movies and tv-shows. We are always on the hunt for new projects that embody the perfect combination of epic genre pieces and intelligent storytelling.
We work according to the American showrunner system: one head writer who is in charge of the team. The showrunner becomes the mouthpiece through which all the input from the group travels into the world. We passionately believe in this way of writing and working together. We believe it is the only way to write a television show. Winchester McFly: the Writers Room of the Netherlands.
Michael (1982) graduated from the Dutch Filmacademy in 2008, specializing on screenwriting. His graduating film UITZICHT (View) won the Nassenstein Award for beginning filmmakers in the best fiction category. After this Michael wrote the 100th NTR Short! ROSALINDA and then turned his attention to writing dramaseries such as FEUTEN, the international series THE SPIRAL, several episodes of the show VAN GOD LOS, and four seasons of the cop show SMERIS.
Michael strongly believes in the principle of Showrunners and Writersrooms and was searching for writers who shared his vision. Now as Winchester McFly they have expanded their creative hub with shows like SMERIS, BUREAU RAAMPOORT and the NPO1 show VLIEGENDE HOLLANDERS. Nowadays the guys have become friends as well as coworkers. It's in that chemistry that their true strength lies.
Michael was five years old when he was forced to watch JAWS, leaving him severely traumatized, but also with a lifelong love for Spielberg. His LEGO-fetish and love for STAR WARS have become the stuff of legend and luckily make sure that Michael will never be taken to seriously at the office.
Even as a child Joost (1982) was obsessed with movies and videogames. When he was 15 he bought the videogame THE DIRECTORS CHAIR by Steven Spielberg. Playing this game was like hearing angels sing. He knew it then and there: he wanted to be a director. Joost is the only WinMaccer who graduated from the Dutch Film Academy specializing as a director.
At the Film Academy Joost became friends with Thomas van der Ree and the world hasn't been the same since. Together they made movies like A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES and PONY PLACE. They challenged each other when for example, trying to push each other to greater heights. Together they made 55 episodes of the webseries SCENARIOBESPREKINGEN.
Joost met Michael Leendertse, Pieter van den Berg and Matthijs Bockting through Thomas. Arriving at their joint office at the Lauriergracht is a party every day. Even when he forgets to ask the guys to not untie his shoelaces.. one of the many bizarre rules the guys live by.
thomas van der ree
Thomas (1982) grew up in Nuenen, Noord-Brabant. He got the hell out of there on his 18th birthday and moved to Amsterdam. After watching MEMENTO and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM back to back one fateful night in 2001, he was certain: he wanted to be a screenwriter. He met director Joost Reijmers at the Dutch Film Academy, with who he created their graduation project A CURIOUS CONJUNCTION OF COINCIDENCES and the NTR Short! PONY PLACE.
Thomas' first writing job was on the show FEUTEN where he met Michael and learned how to plot and write a tv show. Winchester McFly was officially formed in 2013: the best place turn their bad ideas into good ones in a short time. Well usually... sometimes one must play Mario Kart.
In 2016 RIPHAGEN, a miniseries, was released and was sold to Netflix as a movie, to be seen internationally. This story gave Thomas a platform to display and combine his love for historical drama and thrillers. It also taught him much about the power of research. The aforementioned combination is also present in his current project VLIEGENDE HOLLANDERS.
Matthijs (1987) studied Audiovisual Media at the HKU and graduated in 2013 from the Dutch Film Academy, specializing in screenwriting. He wrote his graduation film MET EXCUSES VOOR HET ONGEMAK which was directed by Eva Zanen. Eva and Matthijs became close friends during their time at the Film Academy.
Their vision to make radically stylized movies with a heart has payed of: their film HOE HET ZO KWAM DAT DE RAMENLAPPER HOOGTEVREES KREEG won the Zilveren Krulstaart for best short film, thé award for screenwriters in the Netherlands. Because Eva and Mathijs only received one, they share joint custody and are still amicably working together to this day.
After Winchester McFly was created and they found their office at the Lauriergracht, he can finally tell his mom he is working an office job. Matthijs likes to write as diversely as possible (ranging from Sinterklaas to the World War II) and with series like SMERIS, BUREAU RAAMPOORT and VLIEGENDE HOLLANDERS he is able to create a base for his dreamproject: Amarcord in the Achterhoek.
Mathijs is also called the Hemingway of Hummelo, but mostly by himself.
Sarah (1993) was Winchester McFly’s very first intern during her studies at the Netherlands Film Academy. After having spent six months with the boys, she was sure: this man cave was the place for her. In 2016, Sarah wrote her graduation film Dark Machine, a neo-noir time travel short directed by frequent collaborator (and significant other) Sander van Dijk. She furthermore wrote two episodes for the whodunnit series Dark Horse and a thesis on predestination paradox in film. After graduating, she returned to Winchester McFly, where she has had a permanent place since 2017 and has worked on both LOIS and the group’s still untitled Netflix Original project.
Sarah is at the start of her career, but wants to make it big as a series writer. She has a passion for genre and is slightly obsessed with the idea of time travel. Her greatest ambition is to create the first Dutch time travel series - so don’t you dare beat her to the punch. Sarah feels very lucky to have five talented big brothers at the office and hopes to build a strong track record over the coming years.
At the Winchester offices, she has created the legendary Waffle Tuesday, the first step in her long-term plan of turning the boys to veganism.