THE WORLD, ALMOST
Documentary by Caroline Kirberg
D 2016 | 23 min | DCP | 5.1 | German with English subtitles
World Premiere: Unerhört! Musikfilmfestival / Reeperbahnfestival Hamburg 2016
with Michael Girke, Bernadette Hengst, Achim Knorr, Frank Spilker, Frank Werner
Director of Photography: Thilo Schmidt
Sound Recordist: Manja Ebert
Music: Michael Girke, Bernadette La Hengst, Achim Knorr, Frank Spilker, Die Sterne
Editors: Colleen Scheepers, Philip Scheffner
Produced by Caroline Kirberg for pong film
Research funded by Stadt Bad Salzuflen, Sparkasse Lemgo, Kreis Lippe
Production funded by BKM German Federal Ministry for Culture and Media, werkleitz
A Western German small town in the 1980s. Five friends dreamt of becoming pop stars. In a garage they built a sound studio and founded the label Fast Weltweit. They produced vinyl records, sampler, many cassettes, cover, flyer, posters and videos. They went on nation-wide concert tours.
Thirty years later, the film the world, almost meets Michael Girke, Bernadette Hengst, Achim Knorr, Frank Spilker and Frank Werner during an Easter bonfire on a farm in their hometown and asks what has become of their teenage dreams.
photos: Thilo Schmidt © pong film 2018