In the new series “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo”, Christiane F. meets her idol in the first scene. She dreams of a flight in a private jet, David Bowie is afraid of flying. But she can reassure him: “We don’t crash, I am immortal … ”
Christiane F. and superstar David Bowie – they really knew each other and that’s their story.
When she was 13, Christiane listened to teen bands like Smokie, Sweet and the Bay City Rollers. The n the big boys of the Gropiusstadt clique showed her David Bowie. O-Ton Christiane: “From the back they all looked original like Bowie, although they were only around 16.”
David Bowie became her hero. She received albums from her mother’s boyfriend as a gift, and since 1975 she has had a dual turntable. In 1976, her mother got her two tickets for the Bowie concert in the Deutschlandhalle. “When David Bowie started, it was almost as awesome as I had imagined. It was insane. But when he sang “It’s too late”, it’s too late, I came down with one blow. ”It was the song“ Station To Station ”, the first that Bowie sang on his Isolar tour that evening.
After the concert on April 10, 1976, she sniffed heroin for the first time in a doorway. What Christiane didn’t know: Bowie had drug problems himself back then and was addicted to cocaine.
Small talk in the “jungle”
The pop icon lived in Berlin from 1976 to 1978, at Hauptstraße 155 in Schöneberg. His favorite discotheque was the “jungle” on Nürnberger Strasse.
He was also there on later visits to Berlin and met Christiane several times. But there was nothing more than small talk. She recalls: “I didn’t speak English very well and was a little afraid that he might not like me.”
Bowie plays an important role in the first film from 1981. His name is on the back of Christiane’s jacket. Christiane and Detlef run up to the roof of the Europacentre to see “Heroes / Heroes”. Director Uli Edel recalled in 2017: “David Bowie only wanted to decide whether to take part after he saw the rough cut. One evening, while we were shooting in the “Sound” disco, someone tapped me on the shoulder from behind. That was Bowie. He said he had good news and bad news for me.
The bad thing is that we have to come to New York to shoot. ”
The real life of Christiane F.
The life of Christiane F. – It all began here, in Gropiusstadt
The Elephant Man” on Broadway. ”So the concert scenes were recorded in December 1980 in a New York studio. However, the Deutschlandhallen audience really comes from Berlin. Director Edel filmed it earlier at an AC / DC concert in the Deutschlandhalle.
For Bowie, the 1981 soundtrack album was a top ten hit. All songs were from his time in Berlin.