Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

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Rock ’n’ roll in Bavarian dialect? Prior to the hit songs of the Spider Murphy Gang, nobody really thought that could work. In fact, the band itself wasn't crazy about the Bayerischer Rundfunk's idea that they sing in German. In the early 1980s, however, the Gang dominated the hit parades as notable figures of the German New Wave. In this documentary, which features unreleased demo tapes and very personal interviews, the band looks back at its beginnings, at major achievements, and at hard times. All of the former band members have their say, including Günther Sigl and Barny Murphy, who are still rocking the stage. Collages of old and more recent concert footage revive the glory days of Bavarian rock ’n’ roll. For the first time since the 1980s, all members of this cult band will be reunited at the world premiere of this documentary at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.

tags: Documentary, Music

With: Günther Sigl, Barny Murphy, Michael Busse, Franz Trojan, Ludwig Seuss, Willy Ray Ingram, Willie Duncan, Otto Staniloi, Paul Dax, Andreas Keller, Dieter Radig, Wolfgang Götz, Georg Kostya, Jürgen Thürnau, Memo Rhein, Lothar Schlessmann, Robbie Simnacher, Heiner Schupp, Daniel Schlachter, Alexandra Gmell, Doris Furtmair, Peter Kleibor, Reinhold Grimminger, Dieter Bichl, Volker Krüger


Screenplay: Jens Pfeifer, Stefan Donaubauer

Director of Photography: Tobias Tempel

Film Editor: Eric Asch

Composer: Cico Beck, Florian Kreiler

Sound: Björn Rothe

Producer: Stefan Donaubauer, Daniela Ljubinkovic

Co-Producer: Matthias Leybrand, Torsten Amarell

Production Company: juno film

Co-Production Company: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)

Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH

Director: Jens Pfeifer

TV channel: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)


Jens Pfeifer was born in Hagen in 1976. After studying ethnology, entertainment law, and international law, he gathered his first experience with film at Spiegel TV. He then studied film directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF München), graduating in 2009. Since 2010, he has worked on various TV movies and reports for Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD, Vice, and ServusTV. In recent years, he has also written screenplays for feature films, such as LET'S GO TO WAR (2016) and ZOBBEN (2017), following a prolonged stay in the Middle East.