Amsterdam, 1947. The controversial artist Hans van Meegeren, known as Van M, has been arrested and is to be prosecuted for selling famous art works to the Nazis. Van M defends himself by saying that works supposedly by Vermeer are forgeries that he created before the war to hoax the renowned but much detested critic Bredius. The interrogation leads inevitably to questions concerning the loss of artistic integrity.

  • drama
  • 100
  • 5 total
  • 2 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Van M

Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 28

EXTRACT: At art school they admired me , you see . Teachers. My fellow students . And for ten years afterwards I was energy and optimism . No one knew me in the outside world but in the cafes and galleries people are quick to find out who's the coming man. But then things change. A bit of success here. My name in the papers there. My portrait of Queen Juliana's deer widely acclaimed . . . Suddenly, you find out what envy means.Do you know the worst kind of critic?..The worst kind of critic is the failed artist!

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