Private Project

El Cantina – That too is Rock 'n Roll

Photographer, visual artist and filmmaker Piek Kock made this film on her own. She films the men of the Tilburg band El Cantina in their process from rehearsal room to recording studio. The band, together for more than 15 years, only plays self-written punk rock songs. The age of the men is between 54 and 75 years. Within Tilburg and certain parts of Germany they have built up a considerable cult status. Besides the band El Cantina, the same men also form another band: De Familie Bungalowtent. Mostly Dutch songs, played acoustically, with a good dose of perspective and humour. The viewer gets to know the men as sweet, soft, insecure rockers. Ambitious in being unpretentious. Or is world fame beckoning there?
Piek and 3 of the 4 musicians went to primary school together in de beautiful village Berkel-Enschot in the south of Holland and later also in Tilburg.
It is very sad that one of the members of the band died in july 2023, half a year after the first screening of the film.

  • Piek Kock
  • Piek Kock
  • Piek Kock
  • Paul van Rijswijk
    Key Cast
  • Marc van Rijswijk
    Key Cast
  • Ivoq van Leeuwen
    Key Cast
  • Clemens Bennink
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    El Cantina - ook dat is Rock 'n Roll
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  • Genres:
    Music, art, debut, photography, independent, low budget
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 21, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
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  • Cinecitta Specials
    February 5, 2023
    Privat screening
Director Biography - Piek Kock

Piek (Annemieke) Kock, Tilburg, 1968
Havo, Cobbenhage College, Tilburg (diploma 1986)
Royal Academy of Art, Den Bosch (foundation year 1986-1987)
MTS School of Photography (1987-1991)
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (peak year 1991-1992)
Filming for Photographers, Open Studio, Amsterdam (2015)

Work experience: First permanent assistant Erwin Olaf from 1993 to 1999
Working as a freelance photographer since 1998.
Since 2020 teacher at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and from 2021 teacher at The Hague School

A small selection of clients:
Nieuwe Revu, Volkskrant Magazine, sQueeze, Strictly and more magazines.
Commercial clients included:
Citybox, Belastingdienst, UWV, PGGM, NMA, Bike Totaal, Acda and De Munnik.
Many theater posters for various theater agencies.
Iov Haags Gemeentemuseum (Now Kunstmuseum) and the municipality of The Hague made a report about Scheveningen. Exhibition in the Atrium.

Jewels of Mind And Mentality – at exhibition in Beurs van Berlage
The Science that it works – commissioned by Princess Beatrix Spierfonds
Seconds Out – Faces of Boxing – boxing monograph
Roll with the Punches – hard book about boxing monograph
Photo: Piek 12 ½ years of theater posters for Hummelinck Stuurman - monograph
2020 All Hagenaars – book for and about people with a disability
2022 Fish with Feet - children's book, drawings and story
2020-2021 monthly mini-documentary for Theater de Regentes
2021 VOORALL Book
2022 Vis met voeten - childrens book
2023 Documentary “EL CANTINA – that too is Rock ‘n Roll”

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Director Statement

The periphery of everyday life. Just out of sight of the unsuspecting passerby. People who don't choose to be in the spotlight, but form an underlying layer that is at least as interesting. By showcasing the "barely visible" elements, I invite the viewer to take a closer look at things they may have previously overlooked or dismissed. By presenting these elements without an opinion, I encourage the audience to form their own interpretations and to engage with the work on a deeper level. This approach can lead to a more personal and meaningful connection between the viewer and the work, as well as a greater appreciation for the richness and complexity of the world around us.