Tim Oliehoek (1979) is a director of feature films, tv-series and commercials. He received two Golden Calves for Best Television Drama (the Dutch equivalent of the Academy Award) for ‘The Menten Case‘ and ‘The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen‘.
Tim attended the Netherlands Film Academy when he was only 18 years of age. His thesis project ‘Isabelle’ was nominated for a Tuschinski Award and won a Student Award at the USA Film Festival. As a follow up, Tim directed ‘The Champ’ which was nominated for a Student Academy Award (presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
In 2005 Tim directed his feature film debut ‘Too fat too Furious‘ (Dutch title: Vet Hard) which was a commercial and critical success, followed by the feature films ‘PizzaMaffia‘ (2011) and ‘Queen of Amsterdam‘ (2013). In the Netherlands better known as ‘Chez Nous’.
His first family movie ‘The Amazing Wipala‘ (2014), based on the book of acclaimed author Annie M.G. Schmidt, was embraced by many film critics. Among many awards it received the Golden Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California.
In 2016 Tim directed a three-part television miniseries ‘The Menten Case’. The story took place in the 30’s, 40’s and 70’s. The show received a very positive response from TV critics and reached more than 1 million viewers per episode. The series won a Golden Calf, a Dutch TV-Award, a Director’s NL Award, a Nipkow nomination, a BANFF Rockie Award in Canada, and was the Dutch entry for the International Emmy Awards of 2017.
In 2017 and 2019, Oliehoek directed 2 seasons of the TV series ‘The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen’. This 24 part tv-series was viewed by over 2 million viewers per episode and was the best viewed tv-show since 2011 in the Netherlands. The series won 2 Golden Calves and a Zilveren Krulstaart.
In 2019 and 2021 Tim directed the TV series ‘Stanley’ and ‘Homefront‘, both shows were based on true events.
Tim just finished the post-production for the tv-series ‘Arcadia‘ which takes place in the near future where a citizen score is introduced. We follow the life of a law-abiding family. Everything changes when the father of the family is deported from Arcadia to the outside world. This international series is a collaboration between three European public broadcasters: the VRT, the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community of Belgium and the Dutch NPO (KRO-NCRV), with the German ARD (WDR and SWR) as co-producers.