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Thomas Blom

(1970) is a film maker and writer. For Zembla he made among others documentaries on Shell's dirty oil and the hunt for Mladic. His documentary about Shell in Nigeria led to a hearing in the Dutch Parliament early 2011 on the dubious practices of the oil giant. Blom, who had spoken to the local population, was heard as a witness. Sports is a cherished topic of Blom's. He wrote two books about football (among others on Marco van Basten) and made various sports documentaries. In 2004 Blom together with a colleague founded his own production company, Stanzafilm, which not only makes documentaries for tv and the Internet but also company films. Two years later he became documentary film maker with VARA/NPS. He made among others the documentaries Weg met de Centrumpartij (Away with the Centrumpartij), Hijacking in Almelo and The mystery of Foekje Dillema.

(WU 2012)

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  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 1

    Nigeria and Oil: The Book and the Movie

    Journalist and writer Helon Habila wrote an acclaimed novel on the effects of oil-drilling in Nigeria. For Dutch tv Thomas Blom made a high-profile documentary on the same subject: Shell in Nigeria. This led to the company being brought to book in a Dutch parliamentary hearing. A conversation, with footage from the documentary, on the artistic and journalistic choices the writer and documentary filmmaker had to make. On facts, form and fiction. In English.