Maria Hofstätter als angeklagte Bordellchefin Regine Riehl

Als die Frauen im Bordell aufbegehrten

Die letzte Klappe meines neuen ORF/NDR/Arte-Dokudramas ist gefallen. Die Themen: Mädchenhandel und Prostuitution im Fin de Siècle. Fünf Tage lang haben wir das Gerichtsdrama um die Wiener Bordellchefin Regine Riehl (beängstigend "unschuldig" verkörpert von Maria Hofstätter) zum Leben erweckt. In der Produktion der Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film brillieren Gina Christof, Fanny Altenburger, Julia Wozek, Markus Schleinzer, Alice Prosser, Ben Turecek, Christoph Radakowits, Franz Weichenberger, Rainer Doppler und Alexandra Maria Timmel. Kamera: Carolina Steinbrecher. Kostüm und Ausstattung zauberte ein großartiges Team um Christian Gschier. Vermutlich ab Herbst auf Arte.


Elisabeth - The Driven Empress

A docu-drama about the Austrian Empress Elisabeth starring Sunnyi Melles, produced by Metafilm/ORF/ZDF/Arte. Here is an English spoken trailer:


Victims of the Vikings

Stefan Ludwig's latest docu-drama about Findan and Melkorka, a brother ans sister sold into slavery by Vikings

Adventurers, explorers and conquerors: the Vikings are considered the greatest heroes of the Middle Ages. Is this interpretation justified? In fact, they left a far darker and lesser-known mark on history: they were ruthless slavers, human traffickers and hostage-takers. „Victims of the Vikings“ is the first TV documentary to investigate this infamous and often horrifying aspect of the Nordic warriors.

Co-Produktion of Interspot Film, Abu Media, ORF, ZDF, ARTE, CT, and TG4 – funded by Fernsehfonds Austria and creative europe MEDIA

"Viktims of the Vikings" will be broadcasting on German language TV networks:

5 January 2021, 21:05, ORF2
16 January 2021, 20:15, Arte


"Angry Buddha" available online

János Orsós is of Romani descent, a teacher, and a Buddhist. Inspired by the history of the Dalits or "untouchables" in India, birthplace of both Romani culture and Buddhism, he founded a school in a small Hungarian village with the goal of enabling teenagers from the poorest Romani ghettos to  attend  universities. Angry  Buddha documents  János' resolute battle against the difficulties he faces over three years, while simultaneously  painting affectionate yet honest portraits  of the Romani youth who use humour and their own vitality to survive in a world of poverty and prejudice. "Heart warming... full of touching moments... well worth seeing." Alexander Musik,

Watch online: Vimeo Realeyz


Born in 1978 in Eichstätt / Bavaria
Civil service in a nursing home in Berlin
Studies of Stage directing at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar Vienna; degree in 2003
Studies of documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film Munich; degree in 2010
Freelance screenwriter, film director and TV journalist


“Particularly Good”

Rating for “Angry Buddha”  by the German Movie Rating Board


Best Documentary

for “Angry Buddha”

Five Lakes Film Festival 2016

First Steps Award

for “Charity Salesmen”


Film Board Bavaria Award

for “Strike Blues”

Regensburg Short Film Festival 2008

Zelig Award

for “Distant Voices”

Borderland Film Festival Bozen 2006

Avid Award

for “Bite Bite Bite”

Dokfest Munich 2005

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