Christoph Röhl
Christoph Röhl

Christoph Röhl

Christoph Röhl was born in Brighton to German and English parents. He studied History and German at the University of Manchester and was awarded a First Class Double Honours Degree with distinction. He later studied directing at the German Film Academy in Berlin.

His award winning first feature film A Piece of Me was released in German cinemas in October 2009.

His documentary film We're Not the Only Ones, which gave voice to the victims of a large child sex abuse case at one of Germany's most famous boarding schools, was nominated for a National German TV Award, won the Robert Geissendörfer Prize and was released in cinemas in 2011. His film "The Chosen Ones" was broadcast on German television in October 2014. It was nominated for the Prix Europa and won the Gold World Medal in New York. In 2017 he directed the costume drama "Kaisersturz" which dealt with the events leading up to the abdication of the last German Emperor in the dying days of World War I.

Defender of the Faith, his feature documentary on Pope Benedict's resignation and the crisis at the heart of the Catholic Church is due to be released in German cinemas in autumn 2019.

He is a founding member of the Met Film School, the largest film school in the UK, and was its school Director from 2003 to 2007, a position that involved designing all its advanced courses. He continues to teach acting at various European filmschools.

In 2014 he was presented with the World Childhood Foundation Award by Queen Silvia of Sweden in recognition for his "outstanding work in raising awareness of child sex abuse".

Queen Silvia of Sweden with Christoph Röhl

Award ceremony