The Origin of Trouble

A film by: Tessa Louise Pope

What causes a father to be absent and what are the consequences of his absence? Director Tessa Pope confronts her past and deals with the complex relationship with her father. Archive material and interviews with the whole family bring all the pieces of the puzzle together, resulting in a story about family, love, hope and losses.

Country: the Netherlands
Genre: Documentary
Length: 29’30”
Completion: 09/2016
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch, English
Subtitles: English or Dutch


  • Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 30 September, 2016)
    Student Competition
  • Ruwe Diamant Festival, the Netherlands (21 September, 2016)
  • Eindhoven Film Festival, the Netherlands (9 – 11 December, 2016)
    Official Selection
  • Vers Awards, the Netherlands (17 December, 2016)
  • Flickerfest’s International Short Film Festival, Australia (6 – 15 January, 2017)
    Documentary Competition
  • Vrouw&Film – Internationaal Filmfestival Assen, the Netherlands (11 – 12 March, 2017)

Director: Tessa Louise Pope
Producer: Emeline Bakker & Julia Notenboom Cinematographer: Gijs Wilbers
Sound-design: Laszlo Brinhoff
Editor: Fatih Tura
Composer: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Sound recording: Regard Ibrahim
Re-recording mixer: Jacob Oostra
Visual effects: Roel Meijering
Grading: John Thorborg