Paul Ruven

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He attended Filmschool Amsterdam (screenwriting & directing), Theatre School For Directors Amsterdam, and UCLA Mastercourse directing Motion Pictures Division. He co-wrote Alaska (1989) with Mike van Diem, that won Oscar for best foreign student film. He produced Robin's Road Trip (2016) that was nominated for an International Emmy. He wrote, ... See full bio »

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 2018 The hunt for my rapist (TV Movie) (writer)
 2018 Missing!
 2014 The Surrender
 2014 Son of Scarface (writer)
 2013 Robbie Goes to Hollywood (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (2013)
- Episode #1.2 (2013)
- Episode #1.1 (2013)
 2013 De Vluchtkerk (TV Movie)
 2012 Addy's grote droom (TV Movie documentary)
 2012 Man in de Crèche (TV Movie)
 2012 Het gouden huwelijk (TV Movie)
 2010 De laatste reis van meneer van Leeuwen (TV Movie) (screenplay)
 2010 Gangsterboys (screenplay)
 2008 Surprise! (Video) (writer)
 2006 Spoorloos verdwenen (TV Series) (writer - 13 episodes)
- De verdwenen commissaris (2006) ... (writer)
- De verdwenen française (2006) ... (writer)
- De verdwenen huisarts (2006) ... (writer)
- De verdwenen actrice (2006) ... (writer)
- De verdwenen moeder (2006) ... (writer)
 2003 Javier Guzman: Guzman deelt uit! (TV Special)
 2003 The Route of Pim Fortuyn's Killer (Short) (writer)
 2003 The Emperor's Wife (writer)
 2003 Maxima's Miracle (TV Movie)
 2002 Javier Guzman: Guzman deelt uit! (TV Special)
 2002 De afrekening (TV Movie)
 2002 De 100% ab show (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Ab 10 (2002)
- Ab 9 (2002)
- Ab 8 (2002)
- Ab 7 (2002)
- Ab 6 (2002)
 2000 Total Loss (screenplay advice)
 1999 Enigma (TV Movie)
 1998 Het 14e kippetje (scenario advice)
 1997 Bed & Breakfast (TV Series) (14 episodes)
- Au pair 2 (1997)
- Au pair 1 (1997)
- Klashorst (1997)
 1996 Sur place
 1996 44 Floors (Short)
 1995 Filmpje!
 1995 Gemengde berichten (TV Movie)
 1994 Karaoke! (Short)
 1994 Shocking Blue (Short)
 1994 Witness (TV Short)
 1994 Zap (Short)
 1994 En route (TV Movie)
 1993 Dagboek van een zwakke yogi (writer)
 1993 Angie (contributions)
 1993 Hartverscheurend (screenplay advice)
 1993 The Best Thing in Life (writer)
 1992 Fear and Desire (as P.J. Vernu)
 1992 Melies in Color (Short)
 1992 Ivanhood
 1991 Sahara Sandwich (screenwriter)
 1991 How to Survive a Broken Heart (as P.J. Vernu)
 1990 Let the Music Dance (as P.J. Vernu)
 1989 Alaska (writer)
 1989 Max & Laura & Henk & Willie (writer)
 1989 Lost in Amsterdam (writer)
 1988 De andere kant (Short) (writer)
 1988 Pierrot Lunaire (Short)
 1988 Vreemde Vogels (Short)
 1987 Count Your Blessings (story contributions)
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Scriptdoctors many film scripts, tv drama and others. Was teacher for directors, writers and actors at the Dutch Filmschool Amsterdam, Actor's school Amsterdam, Actor's school Maastricht, Actor's school De Trap, Amsterdam. Member of Amsterdam D.C. (Amsterdam Development Club). Writes a monthly column about the ideal film in the... See more »

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P.J. Vernu | Paul Vernu

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Developed a special teaching course for actors and actresses on film schools and acting schools on the acting technique of Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Hopes one day to make a film about this, especially about Meryl Streep, whose acting technique he has studied intensely. See more »


Every movie he makes is very different than any other movie he made. Every new movie is a surprise.

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