On Friday, 26 April 2019, Haghefilm was visited by the grandson and great-grandson of its founding director, Willy Mullens.
The grandson, named after his grandfather, handed over a plaque with his son to Erik Vrolijk, CEO of Haghefilm Digitaal. This plaque was originally a gift from the staff of N.V. Haghefilm to its director in 1949, in honour of his 50-year anniversary as a pioneer in Dutch film.
Willy Mullens Sr. got his start as a cannonball in the circus. When the circus went on the road to Paris, Mullens was witness to an early cinematic sideshow in a tent. Awed by the spectacle, he bought several films and projected them with the circus. Later he started making his own, often quite inventive films — such as one filmed while lying on the roof of a tram going through Utrecht.
He founded the laboratory N.V. Haghefilm, and went on to make film recordings all over the world.