Third Act 2019 / Film

Third Act is a film by Belgian documentary filmmakers Mieke Struyve and Lotte Stoops about ageing, about caring and being cared for. The story is told from the perspective of ageing actors and local senior citizens, performing with Peeping Tom. Life is a stage, but what happens when the curtain is about to fall?

This documentary follows the culturally eclectic theatrical family on tour around the world with the trilogy Vader, Moeder, Kind. The theme of this trilogy, ageing and family, touches everybody’s lives, including those of the actors themselves. In the film sublimated theatrical stories are woven together with sensitive personal contributions.

At each stop on the international tour, Peeping Tom works with local senior citizens as extras. These extras have been sought out beforehand and receive a crash-course in acting before they step onto the stage, often for the first time in their lives. Their personal lives provide an insight into ageing in their countries and create a dialogue with what Peeping Tom presents on stage.

Third Act was created as a coproduction with Peeping Tom. The cinematic approach and the characteristic visuals of Peeping Tom permeate through the documentary. The world premiere took place on 31 March 2019 during Docville in Leuven (BE).


March 2019
April 2019
27LeuvenCinema ZED
July 2019
September 2019
30TorinoCinema Massimo
April 2022
23BrusselsPeeping Tom Studio (Day of Dance)
September 2022
16MadridLa Casa Encendida / IDEM Festival de Artes Escénicas
17MadridLa Casa Encendida / IDEM Festival de Artes Escénicas
August 2023
26VilvoordeRefresh Festival
February 2024
17BrusselsKVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg

Mieke Struyve and Lotte Stoops

Director of Photography
Johan Legraie, Julien Lambert

Jeanne Debarsy, Cosmas Antoniadis

Film editing
Dieter Diependaele

Savage Film / Bart Van Langendonck, Vincent Metzinger

Peeping Tom, Iota Productions, CANVAS

Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles