HANSA STUDIOS: BY THE WALL 1976-90, a film by Mike Christie.
Premieres Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, Sky Arts.
Few recording studios in the world can claim to have hosted the simply incredible list of musicians that found their way into Berlin’s Hansa Studios, producing classic after classic and none offered the unique environment this studio complex, standing virtually alone in the wasteland of West Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, metres from the Berlin Wall. It was a studio at the very edge of the western world. Here David Bowie immortalised the same wall in “Heroes”, while his flatmate Iggy Pop found a Lust For Life and was inspired to write The Passenger riding the city’s U Bahn and S Bahn. Countless notable, international artists followed including Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, Marillion and U2 – whose Achtung Baby sessions were the final chapter in the studio’s incredible 20th century life. With unprecedented access to the artists, engineers and producers, as well as the studios and its evocative archive, the film tells the story of how the studio, previously famous for being only a domestic German pop hit factory, came to define a European sound for a whole generation of musicians.
Starring REM’s Michael Stipe, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, Iggy Pop/Bowie bassist Tony Fox Sales, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey, Tangerine Dream’s Klaus Kruger and Johannes Schmöelling, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds members Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler and Barry Adamson, Marillion’s Fish and Steve Rothery, Wire’s Colin Newman and Graham Lewis, plus producers Tony Visconti, Flood, Eduard Meyer, Chris Kimsey, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones, Michael Ilbert, Michael Zimmerling and Rainer Maillard, Dave Rimmer, Thilo Schmied, Romy Haag, Gudrun Gut, and Alex Wende and featuring U2.