Robert Dornhelm Pool

BIOGRAPHY

Director Robert Dornhelm, an accomplished filmmaker in many arenas, has been impressing audiences the world over for many years. By winning broad acclaim not only for his Emmy-winning mini-series Anne Frank: The Whole Story, but also for his excellent telefilms Sins Of The Father and RFK, Dornhelm has established himself as a contemporary filmmaker of great range and versatility.

Most recently, the former Academy Award nominee filmed the Lifetime film Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy in Rome, but his subjects have been varied and eclectic. Robert’s 2010 feature adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme enjoyed rave reviews in many countries, including Russia, Austria, Germany and Greece; Out Of Control tells the dark tale of Austrian industrialist and insurance con man Udo Proksch, a convicted murderer whose protection by the then-Austrian government led to its eventual downfall; and ORF1 noir film Your Shadow Will Follow You is his latest work for Austrian television.

Born in the provincial Romanian city of Timisoara, Dornhelm began his directing career as a prolific documentary filmmaker in Austria, his adoptive country and home since age 13. His first works to receive widespread international attention were The Children Of Theatre Street and She Dances Alone, both of which were selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The Children of Theatre Street chronicles the lives of the young students of the Kirov Ballet and was nominated for an Academy Award, while the strikingly original She Dances Alone tells the story of Nijinska, daughter of the legendary Nijinsky, Dornhelm’s bittersweet comedy Echo Park, set in the quirky LA neighborhood of the same name, marked his transition into fictional filmmaking. He went on to direct Cold Feet for Avenue Pictures before returning to Romania to shoot the docudrama Requiem for Dominic. Requiem received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film and was Austria’s Official Selection for the 1991 Academy Awards.

In 1992, NBC & Warner Brothers engaged him to direct Fatal Deception: Marina’s Story, for which Helena Bonham Carter received a Golden Globe nomination. Political thriller The Break opened the 1995 Dublin International Film Festival and, the following year, his adult fairy tale, The Unfish, marked the second time Austria selected a Dornhelm film as its submission for the Academy Awards. Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper starred in the quirky Dornhelm comedy, The Venice Project, which was selected for competition in the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

Robert’s 2001 mini-series for ABC, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, earned 11 Emmy nominations and resulted in a win for Best Miniseries. RFK, which he filmed for F/X, received critical acclaim, as did his CBS film Suburban Madness and his Lifetime movie Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story. In 2006, Robert returned to Vienna to film The Crown Prince, which told the tragic story of the heir to the doomed Austro-Hungarian Empire. He followed this up with his eight-hour adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace in Italy, Lithuania, Germany, and Russia.

While helming Spartacus, Dornhelm skillfully managed a crew of 400 and a cast of 12,000 extras. His work brought him to the attention of Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks SKG, who hired him to shoot the first episode of their two-hour limited series Into The West. The series, a multi-dimensional look at the settlement of the American West circa 1824-1892, began airing in June 2005 and won two Emmy Awards. The six films that make up Into the West are the most expensive ever produced by TNT and represent a $100 million investment.

Robert Dornhelm and his wife Lynn split their time between their homes in Malibu, Calif. and Vienna.

 

FILM

UDO PROKSCH: OUT OF CONTROL (Documentary) (2010)
Filmhaus Film
Stars: Günther Brodar, Christian Florin, John Merlin
Writer: Robert Dornhelm
Producers: Dr. Wolfgang Ramml, Peter Coeln, Mag. Klaus Hipfl

LA BOHÉME (2008)
MR Filmproduktion, UNITEL
Stars: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Nicole Cabell
Writers: Giacomo Puccini (opera), Henri Murger (novel)
Producers: Oliver Auspitz, Andreas Kamm, Jan Mojto, Kurt J. Mrkwicka

THE VENICE PROJECT (1999)
June 99, OFI, Ozanit
Stars: Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper, Linus Roache
Writer: Nicholas Klein
Executive Producer: Peter Rawley
Award: Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion Nominee

THE UNFISH (1997)
Terra Film Produktion
Stars: Maria Schrader, Eva Herzig, Andreas Lust
Writer: Michael Köhlmeier
Producer: Norbert Blecha
Awards: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Crystal Globe Nominee
Puchon International Film Festival – Citizen’s Choice Award Winner

REQUIEM FOR DOMINIC (1990)
Terra Film Produktion, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Stars: Felix Mitterer, Viktoria Schubert, August Schmolzer
Writers: Michael Köhlmeier, Felix Mitterer
Producer: Norbert Blecha
Award: Independent Spirit Award – Best Foreign Film Nominee

COLD FEET (1988)
Avenue Pictures Productions
Stars: Keith Carradine, Sally Kirkland, Tom Waits
Writer: Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison
Executive Producer: Cary Brokaw

ECHO PARK (1986)
Sascha-Verleih, Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Stars: Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen
Writer: Michael Ventura
Executive Producer: Ralph E. Cotta

REARRANGED (1982)
Panacea Entertainment, Ripple Entertainment
Stars: Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, Edward Meeks, Prince Rainier of Monaco

SHE DANCES ALONE (1981)
DHD
Stars: Bud Cort, Max von Sydow, Patrick Dupond
Writer: Paul Davids, Jon Bradshaw
Executive Producer: Marion Hunt

THE CHILDREN OF THEATRE STREET (Documentary) (1977)
Vaganova
Star: Princess Grace of Monaco
Writer: Beth Gutcheon
Producer: Earle Mack
Award: Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary, Features

TELEVISION

DIE SCHATTEN, DIE DICH HOLEN (2011)
Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft, Südwestrundfunk, Österreichischer Rundfunk
Stars: Aglaia Szyszkowitz, Bernhard Schir, André Hennicke
Writer: Uli Brée
Producers: Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker, Isabelle Welter

AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY (2011)
Craig Anderson Productions, Pilgrim Films & Television, Project X Productions
Stars: Hayden Panettierre, Vincent Riotta, Paolo Romio, Marcia Gay Harden
Writer: Wendy Battles
Executive Producers: Craig Anderson, Craig Piligian, Trevor Walton, Wendy Battles

WAR AND PEACE (Mini-Series) (2007)
Lux Vide, EOS Entertainment, Pampa Production
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer
Writers: Gavin Scott, Lorenzo Favella, Enrico Medioli
Executive Producer: Daniele Passani

GREAT PERFORMANCES (“Karajan or Beauty As I See It”) (2007)
Public BroadStarsing Service (PBS)
Stars: Leonard Bernstein, Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni
Writers: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (2006)
Hallmark Entertainment, Actuality Productions, History Channel
Stars: Naveen Andrews, Ashley Artus, Claire Bloom
Writer: Ron Hutchinson
Producers: Robert Halmi, Sr., Bernard Dudek, Paul Lowin

KRONPRINZ RUDOLF (2006)
EOS Entertainment, MR Filmproduktion, Österreichischer Rundfunk
Stars: Max von Thun, Vittoria Puccini, Caroline Athanasiadis
Writers: Didier Decoin, Klaus Lintschinger
Executive Producer: Andreas Kamm
Award: Romy – Best Directing (Beste Regie) Winner

INTO THE WEST (“Wheel to the Stars”) (2005)
DreamWorks Television, Voice Pictures
Stars: Simon Baker, Josh Brolin, Gary Busey
Writer: William Mastrosimone
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg

SUBURBAN MADNESS (2004)
Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment
Stars: Sela Ward, Elizabeth Peña, Rheagan Wallace
Writer: Kimberlee Reed
Executive Producers: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron

IDENTITY THEFT: THE MICHELLE BROWN STORY (2004)
Alberta Film Entertainment, Blue André Productions, Granada Entertainment
Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jason London, Annabella Sciorra
Writer: Deena Goldstone
Executive Producers: Blue André, Jody Brockway, Tom Cox, Stephen J. Davis,
Murray Ord, Jordy Randall

SPARTACUS (2003)
USA Network Pictures
Stars: Goran Visnjic, Alan Bates, Angus Macfadyen
Writer: Robert Schenkkan
Executive Producers: Angela Mancuso, Robert Schenkkan, Adam Shapiro

RUDY: THE RUDY GIULIANI STORY (2003)
Carlton America, JAM Pictures, USA Network
Stars: James Woods, Penelope Ann Miller, Michelle Nolden
Writer: Stanley Weiser
Executive Producers: Jody Brockway, Stephen Davis, Michael Braham, Jane Walmsley

RFK (2002)
20th Century Fox Television, Artisan Television, Fox Television Network
Stars: Linus Roache, James Cromwell, David Paymer
Writer: Hank Steinberg
Executive Producers: Robert Cooper, Tom Patricia

SINS OF THE FATHER (2002)
Landscape Entertainment, Artisan Entertainment
Stars: Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Brenda Bazinet, Ving Rhames
Writer: John Pielmeier
Executive Producers: Robert Cooper, Tracey Alexander

ANNE FRANK: THE WHOLE STORY (Mini-Series) (2001)
Dorothy Pictures, Milk & Honey, Touchstone Television
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Lili Taylor, Hannah Taylor-Gordon
Writer: Kirk Ellis
Executive Producer: Hans Proppe
Award: Emmy Award Nominee – Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special

THE BREAK (A FURTHER GESTURE) (1997)
Channel Four Films, Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft (NDF), Pony Canyon, Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Samson Films, Zephyr Films
Stars: Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor
Writer: Ronan Bennett
Executive Producers: Ulrich Felsberg, Rod Stoneman, Michiyo Yoshizaki
Award: Mystfest – Best Film Nominee

FATAL DECEPTION: MRS. LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1993)
Elliot Friedgen & Company, David L. Wolper Productions, Bernard Sofronski Productions, Warner Brothers Television
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Picardo, Frank Whaley
Writer: Steve Bello
Producers: Paul Pompian, Bernard Sofronski, David L. Wolper

DIGITAL DREAMS (1983)
Panacea Entertainment, Ripple Entertainment
Stars: Desmond Askew, Richard O’Brien, Bill Wyman, James Coburn
Writer: Richard O’Brien
Executive Producer: Eric Gardner