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FAMOUS FIVE, THE (FÜNF FREUNDE)

FAMOUS FIVE, THE
photo © SamFilm/2012 Hodder and Stoughton Ltd/Bernd Spauke/Constantin Film Verleih GmbH

With more than one million admissions, the first cinematic adventure of the world’s most famous five was the most successful German family film of the year 2012. The box-office hit was shown at all renowned international festivals and won the Golden Slipper, the Golden Gryphon and the Golden Sprocket awards. Part two of the screen adaptation of Enid Blyton’s bestselling series is currently in production and will be released in German cinemas in 2013.

The Famous Five, George, Julian, Dick, Anne and their dog Timmy spend their first holidays together and plunge headlong into an exciting adventure when they discover a dangerous plot while exploring an ancient smuggler´s cave: George’s father Quentin is to be kidnapped! The professor has set up a secret lab on Kirrin Island, where he is researching a novel source of energy. But it seems someone is after his valuable research results! Neither the police nor George’s mother Fanny believe the kids. When Quentin fails to give the signals from the lighthouse they arranged with him one evening, the five friends take up the trail of the dastardly kidnappers themselves to save Quentin. The clues lead them to two suspicious wildlife photographers and a mysterious tourist, claiming to be a government agent. Finally the Famous Five find a secret tunnel under the sea, uncovering a treacherous conspiracy they can hardly believe...


Mike Marzuk was born in 1969 in Landsberg am Lech. Since 1995 he has been working as an editor, musician, writer and director for short and feature films as well as video clips. His films include: WWGW* - *WEISST WAS GEIL WÄR...?! (2007), SUMMER (SOMMER, 2008), ROCK IT! (2010), and all five of the THE FAMOUS FIVE films.
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Mike Marzuk
Screenplay Peer Klehmet, Sebastian Wehlings
Cinematography Bernhard Jasper
Cast Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel, Armin Rohde, Johann von Bülow, Michael Fitz, Anja Kling, Anna Böttcher
Producers Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton, Ewa Karlström
Production Company SamFilm
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals TIFF Kids 2012, Zlin 2012, Shanghai 2012, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2012, Giffoni 2012
Awards Golden Slipper Zlin 2012, Golden Gryphon Giffoni 2012, Golden Sprocket TIFF 2012
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Landesförderinstitut Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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