Filming starts on TV movie directed by Florian Schwarz

Philipp Sichler, Florian Schwarz, Claudia Gerlach-Benz (SWR), Eva Nürnberg, Lena Urzendowsky, Simone Höller, Greta Gilles and Michael Smeaton © Andreas Wünschirs
Louis Hofmann, Florian Schwarz, Greta Bohacek, Philipp Sichler and Devid Striesow © Andreas Wünschirs

How much do I really know about the people I talk to over the Internet in intense, confidential exchanges? The television film 'The White Rabbit', at present being made by FFP New Media for SWR in the First Television Network, is about cyber grooming, adults who gain the trust of children and young people, and the sexual interests that can find an outlet through the anonymity of social networks. 


The screenplay for 'The White Rabbit' has been written by Holger Karsten Schmidt and Michael Proehl. Florian Schwarz is directing the film, in which the virtual level of online chat rooms also plays a visual role. The film features Devid Striesow, Lena Urzendowsky and Louis Hofmann in the leading roles, along with Julia Jäger, Patrick Heyn, Anja Schiffel, Cordelia Wege and Shenja Lacher, while Philipp Sichler wields the camera. 'The White Rabbit' is produced by Michael Smeaton and Simone Höller and Greta Gilles (producer). The program executive is Claudia Gerlach-Benz. Filming will take place in Berlin and Mannheim until the middle of November. 


The story focuses on 13-year-old Sara, who makes friends with 16-year-old Benny during an online quiz – never suspecting that "Benny" is in fact a family man in his mid-40s, Simon Keller, a dedicated teacher who has classes in Media Education. While Sara feels increasingly misunderstood by her parents and her best friend Leonie, the sensitive Keller alias Benny quickly manages to gain the trust of the girl. When Sara falls in love with 17-year-old Kevin over the Internet and soon finds herself being blackmailed by him about a photograph of herself naked, Keller offers to help the desperate girl. Meanwhile, Stuttgart CID is on the trail of Kevin’s criminal activities. But Keller can't prevent Sara from undergoing a terrible experience, and the CID inspectors are also unable to stop the impending catastrophe…



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