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My Friend Joe (Mein Freund Joe)

My Friend Joe

My Friend Joe is based on the prize-winning book of the same name by the Swedish writer Peter Pohl. The story centres on 13-year-old Chris who makes friends in the summer holidays with Jan who seems to have come from nowhere. Jan impresses Chris and his gang with daring bicycle tricks on his mountain bike. Chris doesn't realise that Jan is really a girl who is a trapeze artist in a travelling circus and must hide a terrible secret. Chris has to find out why she dresses up as a boy outside of the world of the circus and what the secret is she is harboring ...


Chris Bould started his career at Thames Television before wining a BAFTA Award for Whose Life is it Anyway in 1989. Since then, he has directed many light entertainment programs (Smith & Jones) and comedy specials for Channel Four. In 1994, he was nominated for two more BAFTA Awards and won a Cable Ace Award and the Bronze Rose of Montreux for his documentary The Nicholas Brothers - We Sing and We Dance.
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Chris Bould
Screenplay David Howard
Cinematography Michael Faust
Rodney Holland
Ronan Hardiman
Cast Stephen McHattie, Joel Grey, Schuyler Fisk, John Cleere
Producer Gerhard Schmidt
Production Companies Gemini Film/Cologne, Prodmedia/Dublin, Portman Entertainment/London
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Stereo
With backing from Irish Filmboard, Eurimages

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