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Niels Christian Bolbrinker (Geburtsname)
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Sound, Producer, Unit production manager
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.

 

FILMOGRAFIE

2017/2018
  • Director
  • Screenplay
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
2013/2014
  • Director
  • Screenplay
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
2011-2013
  • Director of photography
2010
  • Director of photography
2009-2014
  • 2nd Camera unit
2009
  • Director of photography
2009
  • Director
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
2008
  • Director of photography
2007/2008
  • Director
  • Screenplay
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
2006/2007
  • Director of photography
2004
  • Director
  • Screenplay
  • Commentary
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
2003
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  • Director of photography
  • Editing
1999-2004
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1999-2001
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  • Director of photography
1998/2009
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  • Director of photography
  • Editing
1997/1998
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  • Commentary
  • Director of photography
  • Editing
1997
  • Director of photography
1996-1999
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  • Director of photography
1995
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  • Director of photography
  • Editing
1995
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1994/1995
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1994-1996
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1993
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  • Producer
1992/1993
  • Director of photography
1992/1993
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  • Editing
1992
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1990-1992
  • Director of photography
1989/1990
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  • Producer
1989
  • Director of photography
1987
  • Director of photography
1986/1987
  • Director of photography
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1986
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1985/1986
  • Director of photography
1985
  • Director of photography
1984
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1982/1983
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  • Director of photography
  • Lighting design
  • Unit production manager
1982-1985
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  • Director of photography
  • Editing
  • Producer
1982-1984
  • Director of photography
1980/1981
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1977/1978
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1977-1979
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  • Director of photography
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  • Sound
  • Producer
1975
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  • Editing