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FICTION FACTORY is a Munich-based film production company specializing in documentaries and DVD/Blu-ray special features.

FICTION FACTORY ist eine Münchner Filmproduktionsfirma, die sich auf Dokumentarfilme und DVD/Blu-ray-Bonus-Features spezialisiert hat.

31.12.2014 | Coming in 2015: Ang Lee and James Schamus on »The Wedding Banquet«

At Fiction Factory, postproduction has begun on new documentaries with director Ang Lee, writer-producer Jamnes Schamus and actor Mitchell Lichtenstein on the award-winning THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993) and other films in Lee’s »Father Knows Best« trilogy. The interviews were conducted and filmed by Robert Fischer two weeks ago in Manhattan and will be available in early 2015.

Ang Lee

James Schamus

Mitchell Lichtenstein

13.12.2014 | Two new blu-rays with Fiction Factory documentaries: »Johnny Got His Gun« (France) and »Tesis« (USA)

On December 1, Dalton Trumbo’s only film as a director, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, had its international blu-ray premiere in France. A week later, on December 9, Alejandro Amenábar’s first feature film TESIS was published on blu-ray in the USA. Both special editions include a Fiction Factory documentary as their main bonus feature: JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN has DALTON TRUMBO: REBEL IN HOLLYWOOD, and TESIS has TOUCHING DEATH: ALEJANDRO AMENÁBAR ON TESIS.

01.12.2014 | Coming Soon: Don Siegel and the Making of »Charley Varrick«

At Fiction Factory, post-production has just finished on the 72-minute documentary LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS: DON SIEGEL AND THE MAKING OF »CHARLEY VARRICK«. Siegel’s classic crime thriller, made in 1972 in the wake of the immensely successful DIRTY HARRY, stars Walter Matthau in what is probably the actor’s finest dramatic role, airshow pilot turned crop duster turned bank robber turned mob target Charley Varrick. Taking the viewer back to the time of the shooting of this cult item are Siegel’s son, Kristoffer Tabori, actors Andy Robinson and Jacqueline Scott, stunt driver and actor Craig R. Baxley, composer Lalo Schifrin, and Howard A. Rodman, whose father co-wrote the screenplay. LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS, directed by Robert Fischer, was shot last August in Los Angeles and will first be available as a bonus feature on Koch Media Germany’s blu-ray release of CHARLEY VARRICK, scheduled for early 2015. Other territories will hopefully follow.

22.09.2014 | Ellinor-Holland-Kunstpreis 2014 für »Auf eigenen Schwingen«

Die Fiction-Factory-Produktion AUF EIGENEN SCHWINGEN, ein Film von Robert Fischer über den visionären deutsch-britischen Künstler Sir Hubert von Herkomer, ist am Samstag, 20.9., im Rahmen der langen Landsberger Kunstnacht mit dem Ellinor-Holland-Preis ausgezeichnet worden. Acht Künstler aus Malerei, Literatur, Architektur, Theater und Film waren nominiert. Aus der Jury-Begründung: »Auf eigenen Schwingen — schon der Titel versprüht Dynamik und Vibration. Es ist eine raffinierte, spannende Filmbiografie. In jedem der zwölf Kapitel kommen Herkomer-Experten aus Landsberg und England zu Wort, die das Schaffen und das private Leben des Universalgenies lebendig werden lassen. Der Zuschauer erlebt Herkomer als Maler, Musiker, Theater- und Filmemacher. Eine grandiose Idee.”

Ellinor-Holland-Preisträger Robert Fischer (rechts) mit dem stellvertretenden Chefredakteur der Augsburger Allgemeinen, Jürgen Marks (Foto: Thorsten Jordan)

14.09.2014 | Doku.Arts (Berlin) zeigt »Swan Song«

Die Fiction-Factory-Produktion SWAN SONG: THE STORY OF BILLY WILDER’S »FEDORA« (Regie: Robert Fischer) wird am 26. September um 21 Uhr und am 12. Oktober um 20:30 Uhr im Zeughauskino Berlin (Unter den Linden 2) im Rahmen des Festivals DOKU.ARTS gezeigt. Nach der Vorführung am 26. September gibt es ein Gespräch zwischen Robert Fischer und Hans Helmut Prinzler. Weitere Informationen: DOKU.ARTS

18.08.2014 | In production: »Return to Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller in Germany«

Fiction Factory’s next feature-length documentary will be devoted to a rare film by a legendary director: RETURN TO BEETHOVEN STREET will cover the making of Sam Fuller’s 1973 crime caper DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET from script to screen. The recently rediscovered director’s cut of DEAD PIGEON (running time: 123 minutes) prompted the production of this in-depth documentary, which will feature new interviews with star Christa Lang, supporting actors Eric P. Caspar and Hans C. Blumenberg, executive producer Günter Rohrbach, fellow directors Wim Wenders and Dominik Graf (both ardent DEAD PIGEON fans), Fuller’s daughter Samantha, and film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Bill Krohn. RETURN TO BEETHOVEN STREET, produced and directed by Robert Fischer, will be ready for delivery in early 2015.

17.08.2014 | Coming Soon: Joseph McBride on Orson Welles’ »Othello«

Production just ended on Fiction Factory’s latest documentary, PERSPECTIVES ON »OTHELLO«: JOSEPH McBRIDE ON ORSON WELLES. In early  July, Welles scholar McBride was interviewed  for this 45-minute documentary by Robert Fischer in Berlin. In it, McBride talks about Welles and Shakespeare, the tumultuous production and the different versions of OTHELLO, and how to place this stylistically dazzling work of art within Welles’ oeuvre. PERSPECTIVES ON »OTHELLO« will first be  published in France on Carlotta Films’ DVD and blu-ray of OTHELLO, due out on November 5.


The latest Fiction Factory production is TOUCHING DEATH, a 40-minute documentary in which acclaimed Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (THE OTHERS, THE SEA INSIDE) discusses his debut feature, TESIS (1996). Amenábar was interviewed last January in his Madrid home by Robert Fischer. TOUCHING DEATH will be included as a special feature on Paris-based Carlotta Films’ DVD and blu-ray release of the restored TESIS on 25 June.

25.03.2014 | New: Thelma Schoonmaker on Scorsese’s »The King of Comedy«

Fiction Factory has finished production on a 40-minute documentary called INSIDE RUPERT PUPKIN: THELMA SCHOONMAKER ON MARTIN SCORSESE AND THE KING OF COMEDY, in which Schoonmaker, one of the world’s leading film editors, discusses her ongoing working relationship with director Scorsese and reflects on the making of one of their finest collaborations. The interview was filmed in London last February and will first be available on Paris-based Carlotta Films’ DVD and blu-ray of THE KING OF COMEDY, out in France on May 14.