The Club of Ugly Children

by Jonathan Elbers

Heroes come in all shapes and colors.

“Keep it clean!” – The slogan of the new president rings through the orderly streets. It is to be taken literally, and that includes looks. One of the kind of unsightly kids is Paul, whose large jug ears are quite apparent on class photo day. When he and some of the “ugly” children are taken on a trip the next day, they soon realize that the president wants to hide them away. Paul escapes. On the run, and with help from Sara, one of the “pretty” children, he starts an underground club to fight against the president. The movement soon grows bigger and quickly turns into a revolution. The kids will show the world that even children can rise up and that you don't have to be “pretty” to be a hero!

Genre / Language / Length
Family Entertainment / Dutch / 90 minutes
Original title
De Club van Lelijke Kinderen
directed by
Jonathan Elbers
director of photography
Thijmen Doornik
screenplay by
Jeroen Margry
produced by
Umami Media (Casper Eskes, Niek Teunissen and Wim Boven) in co-production with Shooting Star Film Company and EO
  • Sem Hulsmann
  • Faye Kimmijser
  • Narek Awanesyan
  • Jeroen van Koningsbrugge
  • Jelka van Houten
  • Maan de Steenwinkel
  • Roeland Fernhout

Press Quotes

"Kids will love this film."AD"All children should see this film!"DE STEENWIJKER COURANT"Thrilling and very funny."VIPS TV

Selected Festivals & Awards

32nd Cinepänz - Children's Film Festival Cologne | Best Feature Film | awarded
8th SMILE International Children's Film Festival New Delhi | European Children\'s Film Award | awarded