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Thorben Bockelmann
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50996 Köln-Rodenkirchen

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Photographer & Film Maker from Cologne, Germany.


ARTHUR MILLER – EIN EHRGEIZIGES HERZ (A MAN OF HIS CENTURY) was most likely my highlight at BROADVIEW this year. The documentary is 60 minutes in length and features Dustin Hoffman and Arthur Miller’s sister Joan Copeland as interviewees. The documentary was broadcasted on 3sat on October 17th.

Born in New York in the 1920s, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always open to find new ways by pushing his own limits. A portrait of a fascinating man who, by marrying Marilyn Monroe, turned into a real American icon as their couple embodied the glamour, success and love of the 20th century.


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I SHOOT FILM is a new project of mine. It is a platform and photoblog for photographers who enjoy the world of film and analog photography.

If you are a fan of analog photography or simply enjoy looking at fanastic pictures please feel free to visit www.ishootfilm.de








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I LOVE MY GARDEN now available online

This has been sitting on my hard drive for quite a while now. 2 1/2 years to be precise. I think it now deserves some attention. To me „I LOVE MY GARDEN“ means quite a lot as it is was not only my first film but also brought me together with many great people.


Is England a nation of gardeners? The documentary “I Love My Garden” agrees to this question and makes an attempt to portrait the special relationship between the English and their gardens. Garden designer Adrian and his business partner Ian from Leeds are the documentary’s main protagonists. The film follows their attempt to build their first ever show garden at the Harrogate Flower Show. While they battle against the elements and try to finish their garden in time, the documentary meets Geoff, Marie and Marianne. All three are passionate gardeners. Marianne is an allotment holder and volunteer gardener at the York cemetery, Geoff and Marie are members of the garden team at Hardwick Hall. Supported with interviews of garden experts the documentary allows the audience to catch a glimpse of the English passion for gardening.


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McFit Channel

Members of McFit can now enjoy my video „Make your move“ on the in-house channel. That means it is now available to more than 1.2 million McFit members in Europe. Fantastic news.


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„Nowitzki – Der perfekte Wurf“ on the big screen

On September 16th Cologne will be the host city for the premier of BROADVIEW TVs latest documentary „Nowitzki – Der perfekte Wurf“ (eng. title „Nowitzki – The Perfect Shot“).

The film covers the story of Nowitzki’s rise to the peaks of fame and Show Business starting off at one of Germany’s regional basketball leagues. It’s the story of the fascinating relationship with Holger Geschwindner, his discoverer, coach and mentor. The physicist recognized young Dirk Nowitzki’s talent early on and, with a mix of ambitious daring and scientific precision, led him all the way to the top. It is a Film about Dirk Nowitzki and Holger Geschwindner: how they became who they are. It is about the unique relationship between the cosmopolitan mentor and his timid student, who made it to where his teacher had previously only dreamed of: the NBA Championship.

The film dives into the world of the player and his role model, it tells their mutual development, trust, and tests of endurance. It is a story about fears and triumphs, about struggles and losses. Famous club owners, coaches and players share their experiences with Dirk Nowitzki and Holger Geschwindner on the rise to fame. German engineering meets NBA Basketball.




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The fifth promotion since 2000! Follwoing a 4:0 victory over FC St. Pauli on Sunday 4th May, FC cologne celebrates their league title.




© Thorben Bockelmann 2014



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My first full page

I guess this is my first full page photograph in a big glossy magazine. It was published in November last year in the „Bunte“ and shows Sylvie Meis better known as Sylvie van der Vaart attending the charity event „RTL Spendenmarathon“ in Cologne. Good feeling!!!

Bunte (49) vom 28. November 2013

Bunte (49) vom 28. November 2013





















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Two pictures I took last year during a „Kreisliga“ match in Cologne. The players‘ faces give a fantanstic insight of emotions one can find on a football pitch.


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Football is back

Cologne’s goalkeeper Timo Horn looks with disbelief as his team loses their first league game in 2014.




© Thorben Bockelmann 2014


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Camouflage premiere in Berlin

A shortfilm by Stephan Kämpf and Andreas Kessler. For more information visit http://www.startnext.de/camouflage


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My photography work has been published multiple times including at Rheinfussball, RevierSport.de, Sportfive, Bild.de, SKY, IN, Closer, MSN, Bunte, Die Exclusive, In Touch.
Since 2014
Producer at BROADVIEW TV

Since 2013
Freelance Photographer

2012 - 2013
Master of Arts in "Digital Film and Television Production" at the University of York.

Semester abroad at SUNY Cortland, USA.

2008 - 2011
Bachelor of Arts in "Sport Management and Sport Communication" at the German Sportuniversity Cologne.