Robert Sigl (born July 11, 1962) is a German film director and writer. He attended the Munich Film School from 1981 until 1986. His short film The Christmas Tree was shown at international festivals in Madrid and Berlin.
In 1987 he started preparations for his first full-length motion picture Laurin in Hungary which he also scripted.
Laurin was awarded the Bavarian Film Award for best direction of a newcomer. At the age of 25 Robert Sigl was the youngest director ever to receive this distinction. Laurin was shown at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Malaga, and was released in Great Britain by the U.K. video label “Eureka Entertainment” and in Spain by “Filmax.” It is currently airing on Canada’s Scream TV and is available in the U.S. on an import DVD from “Luminous Film and Video.”
In the ensuing years Sigl worked on several projects and screenplays before moving on to shoot the acclaimed and sophisticated miniseries Stella Stellaris in Poland, a fairy-tale-like fantasy/comedy/adventure. He also directed the episode "The Lost Daughter" for the extremely popular action series Alarm for Cobra 11 and succeeded in creating an atmosphere that was compared by critics to Twin Peaks.
Both Laurin and Stella Stellaris left a deep impression with Canadian producer Paul Donovan and the executives of U.S. Cable Channel Showtime and Robert Sigl was commissioned to direct one of the four pilot movies – Giga Shadow for the international Science-Fiction-Miniseries Lexx. Giga Shadow featured Hollywood star Malcolm McDowell and a spectacular amount of breathtaking computer generated effects. Lexx was sold into more than one hundred countries. For the third season Robert Sigl returned to direct the episode "K-Town".
He also directed the German horror-thriller School's Out which became one of the most successful TV movies of 1999, its reputation even stretching to the United States where it was subsequently released on DVD and Home Video by Fangoria/MTI. Due to its immense success Sigl was commissioned to direct the sequel The Island of Fear aka: Dead Island - School's Out II (U.S. title) in Brittany, France.
Furthermore he helmed several episodes of the highly acclaimed and award-winning German crime series THE INVESTIGATOR / DER ERMITTLER and SCENE OF THE CRIME / TATORT. His latest TATORT (AVENGING ANGEL) caused an enormous press furore due to an infamous semi-incestuous sex scene between a father and his adopted daughter and stirred up a big discussion about censorship on German television.
Robert Sigl is currently working on other new projects for the big screen, among them THE SPIDER, THE 13th DISCIPLE (both funded by Media 2), MEDUSA (funded by Media Development), LAZARUS (funded by FFA Berlin), THE BLIND ROOM and GOLGATHA.
ROBERT SIGL Film Director
1982/82 THE CABIN / DIE HÜTTE
Drama Short also screenplay 35 mm 5 minutes
1983 THE CHRISTMAS TREE / DER WEIHNACHTSBAUM
Drama Short also screenplay 35 mm 20 minutes Festivals: Madrid, Berlin a.o.
Thriller /Period Film Feature Film 35 mm 85 Minuten Also screenplay English Language Production Company: Salinas Film Berlin Bavarian Film Award For Best Direction Of A Newcomer
1994 STELLA STELLARIS
Fantasy/Comedy/Adventure Miniseries 35 mm 250 minutes Production Company: Bavaria Film Munich
1995 GROSSE FREIHEIT
Crime/Thriller TV Series 3 episodes 135 minutes Production Company: Multimedia Hamburg
1996 ALARM FOR COBRA 11
Action/Thriller TV Series 1 episode: „The Lost Daughter“ Produktion: Polyphon Berlin für RTL
1996 LEXX – THE DARK ZONE / GIGA SHADOW
Starring: Malcolm McDowell Science Fiction/Black Comedy TV Movie for SHOWTIME USA 35 mm 94 minutes English Language
1997/98 GHOSTHUNTER JOHN SINCLAIR
Horror Miniseries 35 mm 3 episodes 135 Minutes „Anruf aus dem Jenseits“, „Horror-Kabinett“, „Der Sensenmann“
1998/99 SCHOOL´S OUT
Horror/Thriller Feature Film 93 Minuten US-Distribution: Fangoria/MTI
1999 LEXX - THE SERIES
Episode 3.06 „K-Town“ for SCI-FI-Channel USA English Language
2000 THE ISLAND OF FEAR (in USA: DEAD ISLAND)
Psycho-Thriller Feature Film 95 minutes
2001 SCENE OF THE CRIME (TATORT) - TARGET
Crime/Mystery/Thriller TV Movie 90 Minutes Production Company: Telefilm Saar
2002/05 THE INVESTIGATOR / DER ERMITTLER
Crime/Mystery TV Series (German TV Award) 2 x 60 minutes Episodes: “Sender unknown” & “Welcome To Hell” Production Company: Monaco/Odeon Film
2005 SCENE OF THE CRIME (TATORT) – AVENGING ANGEL
Crime/Mystery/Thriller TV Movie 90 minutes Produktion: Telefilm Saar for Degeto/ARD
2006 Script Funding for the First-World-War-Drama LAZARUS
2007 Script Funding for the Fantasy-Movie WURDILAK THE SOUL CATCHER
2008/11 SPECIAL SQUAD VIENNA / SOKO WIEN
Crime/Mystery TV Series 11 x 45 minutes Episodes: “Murderous Secret”, “The Ice Princess”, “Appearances Are Deceiving”, “Evil Magic”, “Price Of Beauty”, “Fallen Angels”, “BlindTraces” Production: SATEL Film for ORF/ZDF
Thriller/Horror/Mystery Feature Film 93 minutes Starring: Eleanor Tomlinson (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JACK THE GIANT KILLER), David Bamber (VALKYRIE), Finn Atkins (EDEN LAKE), Murray Melvin (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, BARRY LYNDON) A UFA Film Production for SevenOne International / ProSieben English Language
2012 THE SPIDER
Supernatural Thriller/Adventure Feature Film 35 mm/Stereoscopic 100 minutes Also co-screenplay with Leo Gough European Script Fund Award Script funded by Media2 Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Brando, Andy Serkis, Eleanor Tomlinson a.o. Original Soundtrack by Howard Shore A Cinewerx Production
Next projects and commissions:
MEDUSA Thriller Feature Film Also screenplay Script funded by FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bavaria and MEDIA
LAZARUS First-World-War-Drama Feature Film Also screenplay Script funded by FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
GOLGATHA Horror/Thriller Feature Film Also screenplay Production Company: Shotgun Pictures
THE BLIND ROOM Psychological Thriller Feature Film Also screenplay
THE 13th DISCIPLE Adventure/Action/Occult Thriller Feature Film Also co-screenplay with Leo Gough Script funded by Media 2 and FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
WURDILAK Fantasy Feature Film Script funded by FFA Filmförderungsanstalt Also screenplay
THE BOY WITH THE PINK TRIANGLE aka: PINK TRIANGLE JEW Holocaust-Drama Feature Film Also screenplay