‘Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90’ is a brand new, feature-length film by Mike Christie documenting the historical, cultural and artistic significance of Hansa Studios – an iconic music recording studio complex situated in Berlin. The film will be first broadcast on Sky Arts on 10th January 2018, two days after David Bowie’s birthday and on the second anniversary of his death.
The iconic Hansa Studio is situated in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz - virtually alone in a wasteland in West Berlin during the 1970s and 80s, mere metres from where the Berlin Wall once stood and at the very edge of the western world. Within its walls, David Bowie created his timeless 1977 albums ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ – records made in collaboration with Brian Eno. It was during this Hansa period that the phrase was coined: “There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie...". U2 recorded ‘Achtung Baby’ at Hansa, and Iggy Pop’s celebrated tracks ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘The Passenger’ were also recorded there, as were career-defining albums by Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Siouxsie and the Banshees, R.E.M., Supergrass and many more.
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With unprecedented access to artists, engineers and producers, as well as the studios and its evocative archive, this film tells the story of how the studio, previously famous for being a domestic German pop hit factory, came to define a sound for an entire generation.