Rik Launspach (b. 1958) is an actor, director and writer. He took part in such TV classics as On Second Thoughts (based on J.J. Voskuil’s novel) and Old Money, and in 1993 he won the Golden Calf award for his role in Oeroeg, based on the book by Hella S. Haasse. Since the late 1990s, Launspach has chiefly concentrated on writing scenarios and books before making his debut with 1953, a novel about the disastrous flooding in the southern Netherlands. The book was well-received, with over 100,000 copies being sold. It was also successfully adapted as a movie with the title The Storm.