The Dutch filmmaker Nikolai van der Heyde died in Laren. His family announced this through the KRO-NCRV broadcaster. Van der Heyde established his name with the film in 1974 Help, the doctor drowns, after the popular eponymous regional novel by Toon Kortooms.
After completing his education at the Film Academy, Van der Heyde founded the film magazine Skoop in 1963, together with fellow students Pim de la Parra and Wim Verstappen. The magazine, intended to shake up the established film world, was controversial. Films by established directors such as Bert Haanstra were shot down.
A few years later, Van der Heyde, with the financial help of beer magnate Freddy Heineken, made his first full-length film, A six week morning. The film was well received, but attracted few audiences.