The Film Story
BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! is a movie about typical life-stories of German
musicians with the example of the band of the same name. The 35mm
Dolby SR film shows the ups and downs of the band in dramatic and
From 1986 to 1992 the six musicians played so-called Independent
Music meaning that they were autonomous and not under control by
the big commercial record labels. The music takes us from the late
phases of melodic punk rock to exhilarating "indie-rap"!
Songs played in the rehearsal room and at f our gigs in Krefeld,
Hamburg and Berlin were recorded in "Dolby Stereo SR"
to blow the roof o the cinema. "Get lost in music! And we only
hope that the plaster doe not come down....
Exactly what is Independent Music? How do musicians live? Why don'
they have electricity in the rehearsal room? Why are they able to
receive "Radio Moscow" on their active bass speaker and
are banned fro playing live? Why is a vocalist sent to prison for
At night the band walks through deserted, endlessly deep streets
somewhere at the edge of the galaxy. How do musicians, living in
a small German town, feel? They tell their life stories on streets
with out beginning or end until the stories turn into music: in
the rehearsal room, during gigs, and in the musicians' apartments.
Each lyric adds to the issue dealt with before.
The film starts with the band coming back from an open-air gig in
Berlin. It is dawn when the musicians eventually climb sleepily
out of their clunker. When the lead singer returns the borrowed
car, drops the car keys into a letter box, writes "Thanx"
on it with white chalk, and disappears into the sewers of a shopping
street, one thing becomes clear immediately: this movie will bring
us to another dimension: life in the night.