Biography

Heise is the son of philosophy professor Wolfgang Heise. He was a printer's apprentice between 1971 and 1973. After a year in the National People's Army, Thomas Heise worked as a director's assistant between 1975 and 1978 in East Germany's DEFA Film Studios, finishing his final exams at night school. In 1978 he studied to be a director at the Konrad Wolf Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen. Following his first film, "Why make a film about these people" (Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film?), about the culture of East Berlin before the wall came down, he broke off his studies, and began to work as a freelance writer and director. All of his early documentary films were banned or prohibited from screening by the East German government, as well as his radio pieces. In December 1989, 4 weeks after the fall of the Berlin wall, his radio piece Widerstand und Anpassung - Überlebensstrategie. Erinnerungen eines Mannes an das Lager Dachau(Resistance and Adaptation - Survival Strategies. Memories of a Man of the Dachau Camp) was finally broadcast on Berlin radio. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Thomas Heise finally became known, creating a number of disputed works, on topics affecting his country, such as the radical right-winged youth movement in Halle. Between 1993 and 1998 he directed a number of theater pieces, until in 2005 his film Mein Bruder. We Will Meet Again premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005. Heise continues to live and work in Berlin and as a film professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design since 2007. On September 5, 2008, he created a 24-hour documentary film entitled 24 hour Berlin, publicized across a number of German TV broadcasters exactly one year later.

Heise is the son of philosophy professor Wolfgang Heise. He was a printer's apprentice between 1971 and 1973. After a year in the National People's Army, Thomas Heise worked as a director's assistant between 1975 and 1978 in East Germany's DEFA Film Studios, finishing his final exams at night school. In 1978 he studied to be a director at the Konrad Wolf Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen. Following his first film, "Why make a film about these people" (Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film?), about the culture of East Berlin before the wall came down, he broke off his studies, and began to work as a freelance writer and director. All of his early documentary films were banned or prohibited from screening by the East German government, as well as his radio pieces. In December 1989, 4 weeks after the fall of the Berlin wall, his radio piece Widerstand und Anpassung - Überlebensstrategie. Erinnerungen eines Mannes an das Lager Dachau(Resistance and Adaptation - Survival Strategies. Memories of a Man of the Dachau Camp) was finally broadcast on Berlin radio. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Thomas Heise finally became known, creating a number of disputed works, on topics affecting his country, such as the radical right-winged youth movement in Halle. Between 1993 and 1998 he directed a number of theater pieces, until in 2005 his film Mein Bruder. We Will Meet Again premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005. Heise continues to live and work in Berlin and as a film professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design since 2007. On September 5, 2008, he created a 24-hour documentary film entitled 24 hour Berlin, publicized across a number of German TV broadcasters exactly one year later.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 22

Birthday 1955-08-22

Place of Birth Berlin, East Germany

Official Site www.heise-film.de

Also Known As

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

2014 Städtebewohner Writer
2012 Consequence Writer
2012 Die Lage Writer
2011 Solar System Writer
2009 Material Writer
2008 Kinder. Wie die Zeit vergeht. Writer
2006 Im Glück (Neger) Writer
2005 Mein Bruder - We'll Meet Again Writer
2004 Der Ausländer Writer
2002 Vaterland Writer
2000 Neustadt (Stau – Der Stand der Dinge) Writer
1998 Barluschke Writer
1992 Stau - Jetzt geht's los Writer
1992 Eisenzeit Writer
1990 Imbiß spezial Writer
1985 Volkspolizei 1985 Writer
1984 Das Haus 1984 Writer
1980 So Why Make a Film About These People? Writer

Directing

2019 Heimat Is a Space in Time Director
2014 Städtebewohner Director
2012 Consequence Director
2012 Die Lage Director
2011 Solar System Director
2009 Material Director
2008 Kinder. Wie die Zeit vergeht. Director
2006 Im Glück (Neger) Director
2005 Mein Bruder - We'll Meet Again Director
2004 Der Ausländer Director
2002 Vaterland Director
2000 Neustadt (Stau – Der Stand der Dinge) Director
1998 Barluschke Director
1992 Stau - Jetzt geht's los Director
1992 Eisenzeit Director
1990 Imbiß spezial Director
1985 Volkspolizei 1985 Director
1984 Das Haus 1984 Director
1980 So Why Make a Film About These People? Director
1979 Imbiß Director

Crew

2012 Detection Thanks
2011 Kids Thanks
2009 Material Cinematography
2006 Im Glück (Neger) Cinematography
2004 Der Ausländer Cinematography
2002 Vaterland Cinematography

Acting

2012 Detection as Bürgermeister Bäckert (voice)

Production

2011 Solar System Producer

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