CV / Biography

Director | Cameraman | Editor

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I’m a documentary filmmaker with more than 25 years of freelance experience. I’m probably best known for my role as DOP on LONG WAY ROUND and LONG WAY DOWN where I filmed the actors Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman on motorbike journeys around the world and across Africa.
Beside the adventure entertainment I’m particularly proud about some of my more difficult current affairs films – may be less fun to watch but they won prestigious recognition. SURVIVING SUDAN – a report about the plight of Darfur refugees earned an Emmy nomination for best long format investigative documentary in 2006. LIVING WITH AIDS won the One World Media Award 2006 for best broadcast journalist and was a finalist for best TV documentary. My latest African film SPELL OF THE ALBINO looked into horrendous witchcraft practices in Tanzania where albino body parts get used for magic potions. This film won the 2012 One World Media Award for Children’s Rights and got nominated for the 2012 Royal Television Society Independent Award.
As a director / cameraman / editor I have had many commissions by major TV stations and can handle all aspects of a professional film production starting from research and ending with the delivery of an online master. I also have valid knowledge in DVD production, satellite up linking, video streaming and web publishing.
I’m used to working in challenging environments world-wide – specialising in conflict zones from the mountains of Afghanistan to the rainforests of New Guinea. My extensive background includes the ability to act alone or as part of a larger production team; to balance determination with flexibility, deliver the footage, and to stay on schedule and within budget whatever the circumstances.
Date of birth: 16/9/1962

My nationality is Swiss

German is my mother tongue.  

English is my most important language. 

I also speak conversational French but couldn’t write very well.


2009 Hostile Environment First Aid Training
1994 Editing & Lighting course, National Film School
1984 Studies in Political Science, Zurich University
1984 Officer School, Mountain Grenadiers, Swiss Army

Awards as Director/Cameraman:

2012 Nomination for RTS Independent Award: SPELL OF THE ALBINO

2012 Winner One World Media Award – Children’s Rights: SPELL OF THE ALBINO

2006 Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form: SURVIVING SUDAN

2006 Winner of One World Media Award for best broadcast journalism: LIVING WITH AIDS

1998 Rory Peck Award Special Commendation and RTS Nomination: SADDAM’S TIME BOMB



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