Ricky Shayne briefly streaked like a comet through West German popular culture from 1967 to 1972. Born in Cairo, raised in Beirut, he became a star in Rome in the booming Beat scene. He was then imported to Germany, where there was more money to be made. Shayne found himself in Berlin between BRAVO and ZDF Hit Parade, celebrated and exoticized. Stephan Geene, who was 10 years old at the time, was changed forever by this phenomenon, and now explores his fascination.
The encounter with the nervous, rough-edged Ricky Shayne, today 72, survivor of his own star and teen magazine history (the magazine BRAVO alone dedicated two of its celebrity puzzles to him), leads Geene down a variety of paths: including with Shayne’s sons Tarek and Imran, both now the same age as Ricky during his Berlin period and the spitting image of him (at the time).
A serial TV anti-portrait, framed by rehearsals for a gala, the attempt to give one last moment to an aborted career; an architect thinks out loud about photography and theatricality and the possibility of mounting a gala as a ruin, in order to do justice to the figure of Ricky Shayne, to his ruptures and contradictions.
by Stephan Geene
with Ricky Shayne, Tarek Shayne Tabet, Imran Shayne Tabet, Kerstin Cmelka, Claudia Basrawi
Germany 2019 German,  English,  French,  Arabic,  Subtitles: English 120’ Colour World premiere Documentary form


  • Ricky Shayne
  • Tarek Shayne Tabet (Ricky Shayne / Himself)
  • Imran Shayne Tabet (Ricky Shayne / Himself)
  • Kerstin Cmelka (Architect)
  • Claudia Basrawi
  • Stephan Geene


Written and directed byStephan Geene
CinematographyVolker Sattel
EditingStephan Geene
MusicRicky Shayne, Justus Köhncke
Sound DesignManuela Schininà
SoundManja Ebert
Production DesignMerle Vorwald
CostumesMerle Vorwald
Assistant DirectorCaroline Kirberg
ProducerStephan Geene

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Berlin, Germany

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Stephan Geene

Stephan Geene, born in Bonn, West Germany in 1961, was part of the artist group minimal club and is co-founder of the collective b_books, which works as a bookstore and publisher in the areas of political theory, gender and film theory. He has translated texts by Maurizio Lazzarato, Jacques Rancière, and Beatriz/Paul Preciado. He has directed two feature films, AFTER EFFECT (2006), and umsonst (2014) premiered at Forum Expanded in 2014.


2006 AFTER EFFECT; 75 min. 2014 umsonst; 93 min., Forum Expanded 2014 2019 SHAYNE

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019


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