EN - Ancienne Belgique, Antwerp, during the 1970s. With the growing popularity of television, theatre attendance dwindles and stage actors are forced to make the transition from music hall to television. To make matters worse, real estate tycoons are turning many of Antwerp’s buildings into shopping malls. As seen through the eyes of its colourful characters, this production tells the fascinating story of how the AB in Antwerp met its ruin, and possibly ushered in the end of an era.

FR - L’Ancienne Belgique à Anvers, les années ’70. Suite au succès de la télévision, les spectateurs boudent le théâtre et les acteurs arrêtent les spectacles de variété pour les grands spectacles télévisés. A cette même époque, de nombreux immeubles anversois sont achetés par des géants de l’immobilier qui veulent y installer des magasins. En suivant plusieurs personnages hauts en couleur, cette production raconte l’histoire passionnante du déclin de l’AB anversois et peut-être même de la fin d’une époque.


Title Old Belgium
Original title Oud België
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Category TV series
Year 2010


Cast Peter Van den Begin, Stany Crets, Els Dottermans, Warre Borgmans, Arnold Willems, Viviane Demuynck, Kristine Van Pellicom, Ben Van den Heuvel, Charlotte Dommershausen, Geert Van Rampelberg
Photography Jan Mestdagh
Editing Manu Van Hove, Zeger Van Der Donckt, Indra Siera
Music Benjamin Boutreur, Steve Willaert

Technical specs

Running time film 6 x 50'
Release format HD
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Tax Shelter, ING

Flanders’ finest in Paris

Jan Eelen’s successful tv series The Tour has been selected for competition at the Series Mania Festival (16 - 22 April) in Paris, France. The festival for promising TV series, organized by the prestigious Forum des Images, also invited no less than three Eyeworks productions for its line-up. Double LifeThe Divine Monster and Old Belgium will feature in the fest’s ‘professional showcase.’

The Tour_stillThe Forum des Images, one of the cinema hot spots in Paris and France, launched the Series Mania Festival in 2010. The series in official competition at the festival, amongst them Jan Eelen’s The Tour, are now in the running for the fest’s much desired Audience Award.

Published on Monday 2 April 2012

TV Stars for Eyeworks’ Double Life, Old Belgium

Eyeworks’ Double Life grabbed the Best Drama Series award at this year’s Flemish Television Stars awards ceremony. Peter Van den Begin received the Best Actor award for his role in Old Belgium, another Eyeworks series, which was based on his childhood memories. Nathalie Meskens received both the Best Actress award as well as the audience’s Personality Award for her performance in Tegen de sterren op.

Still from Old BelgiumThe Smartest Person in the World, the gameshow presented by filmmaker Erik Van Looy, won the Best Entertainment award as well as the Audience Award for Best Programme. 

The School of Lukaku was voted Best Reality Series, while the award for Best Lifestyle Show went to cookery programme Dagelijkse kost and VRT News was named Best News Programme. MTV veejay Marcel Vanthilt and An Lemmens received the Best Presenter awards.

Published on Monday 28 February 2011

Eight feature projects to receive VAF funding

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has approved funding for eight fiction feature projects in different stages of development this month. The list contains both established names such as Felix van Groeningen (The Misfortunates) and Caroline Strubbe (Lost Persons Area) as well as these of emerging talents.

Director Felix van GroeningenHalf of the greenlighted projects are still in the early stages of development and have received scriptwriting support. Lee & Cindy C., a tragicomedy on rock’n roll dreams and unpredictable love, will be produced by Eyeworks Film & TV drama and scripted by Stany Crets (Old Belgium). Manu Riche receives script funding for a feature film project titled Problemski Hotel.

Published on Tuesday 25 January 2011

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Director Indra Siera
Writers Peter Van den Begin, Stany Crets

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