Katja Herbers on Killing Online Trolls in The Columnist [Exclusive Interview]

The Columnist - Katja Herbers

The Columnist – Katja Herbers

Admit it. Everyone wants to track down and do bad things to online trolls. In the comedy The Columnist, Katja Herbers plays a journalist, who tracks down her online trolls and teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

The Dutch film also stars Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, Achraf Koutet, and Claire Porro. Ivo van Aart directed the comedy horror from a script written by Daan Windhorst.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In this darkly funny horror film, Femke Boot (Katja Herbers) is a columnist and writer suffering from endless abusive posts and death threats on social media. Femke is obsessed by these hate-filled messages and spends every moment checking her Twitter feed. This obsession consumes her life and her work suffers as she fails to write her columns and novel. One day, all her pent-up anger and frustration explode in a moment of shocking and unexpected violence.

This brutal and bloody act inspires Femke to write again. However, her writer’s block returns and with it her addiction to social media. Secretly, Femke believes there is only one solution to her ever-growing frustration. She surrenders to her murderous rage and alternates the killing and maiming of her social media tormentors with writing her debut novel.

But how long can she continue this double life? Can she hide her nightly murders from her teenage daughter and her new boyfriend, horror writer Steven Dood? And is fighting hatred with hatred really the best solution?

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actress Katja Herbers on this horror-comedy. We talked about social media, online trolls, and serial killing.

Katja Herbers studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam. During the college education, she also attended the local theatre school De Trap. Later, she moved to New York and went to HB Studio and then Theaterschool in Amsterdam. During her studies, she starred in the films Peter Bell, and Brush with Fate. After several stage successes, she continued working in film, including the Dutch blockbuster feature The Storm. She was praised for playing the Dutch Queen Maxima in the miniseries Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur. In recent years, she played numerous roles in English productions, including Manhatten, FX’s The Americans, The Leftovers, HBO’s Westworld, and now on CBS’s Evil.

The Columnist opens for virtual cinema, VOD, and digital tomorrow.

Watch the exclusive interview with Katja Herbers below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Film Movement

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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