Frank Papenbroock

Frank Papenbroock (German: [ˈpaːpm̩bʁoːk]; born 1963) is a German documentary filmmaker, film director and author. His documentary films cover a variety of topics in areas such as culture & arts,[1] history,[2] science,[3] religion[4] or reportage.[5]

Frank Papenbroock
Frank Papenbroock

Hamburg, Germany
Occupationdocumentary filmmaker, film director, producer
Years active1986–present


Papenbroock started his professional career as assistant photographer to renowned German photographer Christian von Alvensleben and acclaimed New York photographer and later commercial director Michael Somoroff. For a brief period Papenbroock himself worked as a photographer and then moved to New York City, to study film at the Tisch School of the Arts (New York University). At the same time he managed a commercial production studio in Manhattan, later becoming freelance camera assistant to top D.O.P.s like Howard Atherton, Allen Daviau, Ernest Day, Robert Fraisse or Geoffrey Wharton and then eventually began his own work as director/cameraman.

In the early 1990s he returned to his hometown Hamburg and soon began working as a documentary filmmaker and specialist for contemporary literature, for the cultural broadcast division of the NDR, shooting 18 episodes about leading authors like Paul Auster or Joseph Heller for the preeminent literary program "Bücherjournal" ("Book Journal").

From 1994 onwards, he has been partner and creative managing director of blm Filmproduction , shooting numerous commercials, corporate films, "special format" films (i.e. multi-screen pictures and 360°-dome-films) as well as music videos.

In 2006 his German/French documentary "Genesis vs. Darwin" ("Von Göttern und Designern") about creationism in Europe, caused a public uproar which eventually led to the resignation of then cultural minister Karin Wolf. The insights of the investigative film became part of the protocol of the European parliament's report on creationism in 2007[6]


Papenbroock is a renown author for TV-documentary programs like "Terra X", "Hitec" or "Menschen hautnah".


Papenbroock's career includes hundreds of commercials for major European companies like: Autostadt, Beiersdorf, Deutsche Bahn, Nestlé or Tchibo,[7]

Documentaries (selected)

English TitleGerman TitleYearMade For
Advertising in GermanyWie man Fischen Fahrräder verkauft1996TV
Foster Child AndreasDem Hungertod entkommen - Pflegekind Andreas2005TV
Getting Rid Of Our E-WasteComputerschrott (Frontal 21)2005TV
Genesis vs. DarwinVon Göttern und Designern2006TV
The Devils Name Is "Darwin"Der Teufel heißt Darwin2007TV
Gilgamesh - The Phantom of UrukGilgamesch - Das Phantom von Uruk2007TV
A Lost LifeVerloren im Leben2008TV
How Food Upsets Our GenesWenn Essen auf die Gene schlägt2009TV
Dangerous MealsGefährliche Mahlzeiten2009TV
Mit der Bibel zu Abitur2009TV
Homer's Last SecretDer Fall Troia - Homers letztes Geheimnis2010TV
Mobiglobe 2.0Mobiglobe 2.02010Cinema (on six 360°-screens)
Blind. So what?Blind. Na und?2012TV
First Aid for the SoulErste Hilfe für die Seele2013TV
A Summer's OrchestraOrchester für einen Sommer2015TV

Music videos

Papenbroock also has directed several music videos, for artists like Mark Wahlberg, Vangelis, Sarah Brightman .


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