Niels Bolbrinker

Niels Bolbrinker

Additional Names: Niels Christian Bolbrinker (Geburtsname)
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
*1951 Hamburg

Biography

Niels Bolbrinker was born in Hamburg in 1951. He studied photography and visual communications, and has been working as cinematographer and director since the mid-1970s. As DoP and editor, he received a German Film Prize for the documentary short "Tue recht und scheue niemand" in 1977.

Over the years, he completed several film projects – often working with co-directors – which took a socio-critical stance, including "Schade, daß Beton nicht brennt" (1981) and "Alles unter Kontrolle. Notizen auf dem Weg zum Überwachungsstaat" (1983). In 1986, he was awarded the Prize of German Film Critics for "Zwischenzeit", a documentary on the public protest against the construction of nuclear facilities in Lüchow-Dannenberg.

In 1995, "Original Wolfen. Aus der Geschichte einer Filmfabrik" marked the first of his collaborations with film scholar Kerstin Stutterheim. Together, they completed several feature length films, among them "Bauhaus – Mythos und Moderne" (1998) and "Die Thuranos – Leben auf dem Drahtseil" (2003). Apart from that, Bolbrinker continued to work as a DoP for film and television.

In 2009, Bolbrinker and Kerstin Stutterheim completed "Fliegen und Engel", a feature-length documentary on Russian artist Ilya Kabakov.

Bolbrinker portrayed a spectacular, ship-like building which was designed by architect Hans Scharoun and completed in 1933 in his TV documentary "Mit Licht gebaut – Ein Lebensschiff von Hans Scharoun" (2012). As a cinematographer, he worked on "Klänge des Verschweigens" (2013) which remembered musician Willi Heckmann (1897-1995) who was persecuted by the Nazis because of his homosexuality.

The 2014 Dok Fest Munich saw the premiere of Niels Bolbrinker's next feature film "Die Wirklichkeit kommt", in which he portrays individuals who suffer from a paranoid fear of being controlled by the state and also explores the workings of the modern surveillance industry.

Filmography

2013/2014 Die Wirklichkeit kommt
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
2012 Mit Licht gebaut – Ein Lebensschiff von Hans Scharoun
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2011-2013 Klänge des Verschweigens
Director of photography
 
2010 Die Frau am Meer
Director of photography
 
2009-2014 Noch hier schon da
2nd Camera unit
 
2009 Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten
Director of photography
 
2009 Fliegen und Engel
Director, Director of photography, Editing
 
2008 Brüder
Director of photography
 
2007/2008 Die Natur vor uns
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
2006/2007 Tanz mit der Zeit
Director of photography
 
2004 Fluten
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Director of photography, Editing
 
2003 Die Thuranos
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1999-2004 Neubau
Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1999-2001 it don' t mean a thing if it ain' t got that swing
Director, Director of photography
 
1998/2009 Bauhaus - Mythos der Moderne
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1997/1998 Der Heringsexpress
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Director of photography, Editing
 
1997 Zwei Namen ein Leben
Director of photography
 
1996-1999 Mythos, Macht und Mörder
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1995 ORiginal WOlfen
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
1995 Politische Landschaft
Director
 
1994/1995 Der Rosinenberg
Director of photography
 
1994-1996 Cross Over
Director of photography
 
1993 Innen Aussen
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1992/1993 Zeit der Götter. Der Bildhauer Arno Breker
Director of photography
 
1992/1993 Die Wäscherei - ein Herz für Umwelt und Gewebe
Director of photography, Editing
 
1992 Vogel
Director of photography
 
1990-1992 Das Capitol. Irgendwann ist Schluß
Director of photography
 
1989/1990 Schuß Gegenschuß
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1989 Boppard, Du mein Heimatstädtchen
Director of photography
 
1987 Courdemanche - La vie en rose?
Director of photography
 
1986/1987 Der lieben Mutter
Director of photography, Editing
 
1986 Aus grauer Städte Mauern
Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Meine Mutter wird sichtbar
Director of photography
 
1985 Machtkämpfe
Director of photography
 
1984 Das Gesetz bin ich
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Alles unter Kontrolle. Notizen auf dem Weg zum Überwachungsstaat
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Lighting design, Unit production manager
 
1982-1985 Zwischenzeit
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1982-1984 Nachruf auf eine Bestie
Director of photography
 
1980/1981 Gorleben: Der Traum von einer Sache
Director, Producer
 
1977/1978 Landfrauen
Director, Producer
 
1977-1979 Die Herren machen das selber, daß ihnen der arme Mann Feyndt wird
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Sound, Producer
 
1975 Tue recht und scheue niemand
Director
 
1975 Liebes Kindlein ach, ich bitt', bet' fürs bucklicht Männlein mit
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 

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