Dear Shaded Viewers,

The film “A Boring Day in Hell” is an experimental love story about self love following a group of women who all killed their lovers and are preparing for a seated dinner.


A Boring Day In Hell is an experimental love story about self-love. A woman is wondering what she was wearing on the day that she killed her lover. She goes through her narrated memory during a gathering of women who are preparing themselves for a seated dinner. These women have one thing in common; they all killed their lovers. After realising what she wore on that day, she explains that killing her lover was the only way to feel unconditional love for herself again.


Ayla Spaans (28) is an Amsterdam-based director who has an eye for vintage flavour and a whimsical air. Her work is aesthetic, colourful and has a background in fashion. She has a lifelong fascination for writing, filming and creating. Growing up in a family of ten people, she always had the need for expressing her feelings through paper, fashion or with video cameras. Having studied fashion and film in university, Ayla’s affinity for set-curation and styling is a noticeable trait in her films. 

After graduating from the University of Arts, she started working as a director for an advertising agency in Amsterdam where she worked for brands such as Chupa Chups, Keune, and Samsung. In September 2019 she debuted her first short film “When We Were Strangers” at the Nederlands Film Festival. The film was selected for several international festivals including Shortcutz, Berlin commercial, La Jolla and The CinéFashion Film Awards. Since Autumn 2020 Ayla has joined Cake Film as one of their directors and is continually working on new projects. A Boring Day In Hell is Ayla her third short film she is about to release in the year of the soul-searchers; 2020. 

Produced by Cake Film
Director – Ayla Spaans
DOP – Zeeger Verschuren
Steadycam – Julian Lomoga
1st AC – Rohwel de Rot
2nd AC – Nico de Voogd
1st AD & producer – Yanna Panagopoulos
Production assistent – Minou Hiemstra
Product Designer – Daylene Kroon
Art assistent – Nina van Haren & Tristan Kingdon
Costume designer – Veerle Calkoen
Costume designer assistent – Merel Calkoen
Gaffer – Glenn Bruijntjes
Best-Boy – Aaron Homma
Light assistent – Claudio Zaia, Wessel Verster, Nino Kennis, Stern Noordsiek
Muah – Marine Dogliano
Nails – Jessica Varkevisser
Catering – Katie Varkevisser
Music & Sound design- Jason Malan
Voice over – Alice Phoebe Lou
Logo – Asaf Mendelovich
Edit – Ayla Spaans
Grading – Ruben Labree
Location – Diner thuis by Annejet Paalman
Special thanks: EYE-D, Mick Keus, Vintage Island, Zusjes Vintage Boetiek
Girls – Denise Bassahan, Lisette Mantano, Annejet Paalman, Marine Tagawa, Heavenly Dennen, Joke de Grote, Joosje Duk, Josephine de Vries, Natalia Lorenzo
Boys – Owen Welch, Joost Koster, Tommy Noordermeer
Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.