SCREENING: 10 November 2017 at 20:30

LDN - Hackney Picturehouse



Dirs. Reto Caduff/Stephan Plank, 2017, Germany, 83mins

UK PREMIERE + Q&A (guests TBC) 

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Konrad “Conny” Plank (1940-1987) was one of the most innovative sound designers and music producers of his era: the recordings he made at his storied studio in Wolperath outside Cologne revolutionised the music world. A pioneer of Krautrock and a trailblazer of electronic pop music, artists such as NEU!, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Ultravox and Eurythmics recorded with him; even now they stress the influence he had on their music.

When Conny died at the age of 47, his son Stephan was only 13. Twenty-five years later, Stephan went in search of the man who as a boy he had often seen only behind his mixing console (which now resides at Studio 7 in Tottenham Hale). Simultaneously, it became the search for his father’s artistic legacy. He met up with Conny’s old friends and companions: David A. Stewart, Devo, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox, DAF, Michael Rother, Daniel Miller, Karl Hyde, and many more.

Never before seen archive film, interspersed with personal interviews in which musicians provide insight into Conny’s meticulous and highly sensitive manner of working. An emotional portrait of a legendary producer offers a fascinating journey through the history international pop music of the 1970s and 80s.

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