Klaartje Quirijns grew up in the Netherlands and, after graduating with a law degree from the University of Amsterdam, has been working as a journalist and director since 1992. Klaartje Quirijns moved to New York City in 1998 where she lived until 2007. Since 2007 she has been living with her family in London.
Klaartje started out her career as a TV journalist, producing reports for Dutch television's most important investigative programme. She produced many stories and interviews, and was the first Dutch journalist to report from New York on the events of September 11, 2001. She subsequently directed and produced several feature-length documentaries.
In 2013, Quirijns began to direct fiction films. Her first work was Speelman, a story of a marriage, which premiered to great acclaim at the Dutch Film Festival in the Netherlands.
Klaartje Quirijns won many awards; she was the first to win the prestigious documentary 50.000 euro stipend from the Prince Bernard Cultural Fund, she was nominated for the European Academy Award, she won the Prix Italia 2012, the Jury prize Festival International du Film des Droits de l’Homme, Paris, 2008, received a Special Mention of the jury of IDFA 2007, Special Mention of the jury of Movies that Matter 2007, and won the award for Best Documentary at Film Noir Festival, Courmayeur, 2007)
Films in development
The Dictator Hunters
A fiction film based on her documentary The Dictator Hunter. Produced by Anne Carey.
They Fuck You Up
An essayistic film, drawing on psychoanalysis, about the roles we play, scripted by our family and how we might break through these patterns by understanding them. Produced by Pieter van Huystee.
Ten White Geese
A full-length fiction film based on a book by Gerbrand Bakker, a Dutch writer that has also received high acclaim internationally, including winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. Produced by Jeroen Beker and Els Vandervorst.