Imagine you are thirteen, your teacher is showing you how to use a condom in front of your entire class and images of different sex positions are shown on the blackboard… In the documentary Foreplay we see children receiving their most memorable lesson yet: sexual education. What’s going on in their minds? Original title: Voorspel.


Written and directed by Anne van Campenhout. Produced by mint film office. Broadcasted by VPRO.


Foreplay won the Special Mention on IDFA 2019 and was selected for Best Of IDFA On Tour 2020. It will be used in debates about sex education in different countries in Europe.


This film gives us a unique and valuable chance to see the reality of young people discovering essential aspects of adulthood, to witness children facing uncomfortable questions that many adults do not know or do not want to know the answers to. We value the powerful structure of the film, its visual strengths, and how the story gains more meaning with every single sentence. But first and foremost, we applaud the director who has achieved this so respectfully by listening to the youth, and by encouraging them to speak for themselves.” – Jury statement IDFA 2019

Ontwapenend wordt het wanneer Van Campenhout in gesprek gaat met de (opvallend open) leerlingen, onder meer over het rondsturen van naaktfilmpjes en het uitkijken naar het moment suprême. Het tilt de documentaire boven de clichés uit, waardoor we niet alleen hoeven te lachen om het beeld van de nerveuse scholier die worstelt met een condoom en neppenis. De doelgroep zal zich er hoe dan ook in herkennen, al blijkt die verdomde praktijk uiteindelijk toch net een stuk weerbarstiger.VPRO Gids

Watch Full Film

all films

other work