Van Osch Films

Moving Target

Project information

  • Length: 45 min
  • Format: HD
  • Language: Ned, Eng
  • Subtitles: Eng, Ned
  • Direction: Bart Coenders
  • Camera: Bart Coenders
  • Production: Frank van Osch

John Boxtel – as he is called in Canada – is one of the most important sculptors to come out of the Netherlands. He was born in Goirle, a small village in the south of the country, in 1930. He emigrated to Canada over 50 years ago. Because life in Goirle made him feel trapped, John took off in search of adventure and freedom. He has led an energetic life full of passionate choices. At times his life was one big carousel of women, changing professions and relocations.

Filmmaker Bart Coenders had to use all his powers of persuasion to keep up with him and capture it all on film. John is elusive, literally and figuratively speaking. “It´s hard to hit a Moving Target” he says about himself.



‘Moving Target’ is a touching and personal insight into John´s wild life in Canada and his painful memories of Goirle. This is a documentary in which history repeats itself once again when, after a short visit to his family in Goirle, he ´flees´ again to Canada, far away from the feeling of entrapment and the patronising attitudes he always felt from life in this small Dutch village.

‘Moving Target’ is a film about the urge to find freedom, about being misjudged and the need to walk your own path.

Coproduction with Coenders Sound & Vision