Peter Rommel: An alternative approach to making drama

September 6, 2018 - September 6, 2018, Meeting Room 5, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

6:00pm Thursday 6 September
Meeting Room 5, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

German filmmakers understand that a film from the master creative producer Peter Rommel will present a unique approach to the development and production of drama. With a spirit of improvisation the films are made with a small crew, hand held cameras, and complete immersion in character over a period of time for the actors. Peter Rommel produced Andreas Dresen’s multiple award-winning films GRILL POINT, CLOUD 9 and STOPPED ON TRACK – the latter two also winners of Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival. He will draw on these films, showing clips, to demonstrate outcomes from this approach during the session. All three films covered specific themes but were created in the same spirit of improvisation in development and production – a collective operation. Peter will be in conversation with Philippa Campbell.

Peter Rommel began in the distribution business in 1989 with Berlin-based company Ex Picturis. Subsequent to his collaboration with Icelandic director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson Peter Rommel changed sides and became a producer and in 1993 he founded Peter Rommel Productions (now Rommel Film) in Berlin. He went on to co-produce international cinema features, like MOVIE DAYS, SWEETY BARRETT and DEVIL’S ISLAND.

Rommel Film is a Berlin based production company producing national and international feature films and documentaries which have won numerous awards and have screened at such renowned festivals as Cannes, Sundance and Berlinale. Peter is a regular jury member at international film festivals and in 2017 received the Max Ophuels Festival-Lifetime Achievement Award; he has been a group leader at EAVE, and a visiting lecturer at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Peter is in development with Alex Behse and Philippa Campbell on an untitled Max Currie project to be shot next year in Nelson.

6:00-7:15pm Talk
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VENUE: Meeting Room 5, Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

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Presented in association with WIFT NZ.

This TALK is made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission, Foundation North, Images & Sound, Goethe Institut and White Studios.

Thank you to Auckland Council for their on going support.


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