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SKY DU MONT
Actor, novelist, writer
Interview made in May 2005
by Thierry ATTARD

Sky du Mont was born in Buenos Aires and spent his childhood in United Kingdom before starting a brilliant career in Germany and internationally. From his debut on stage, his guest roles in the tv-series of Helmut Ringelmann (Der Kommissar, Derrick, Der Alte...) to Eyes Wide Shut and his comic characters in the movies of Michael « Bully » Herbig, Sky du Mont talks with us about his work and his different and numerous artistic activities.



Objectif Cinéma : Sky du Mont, your very first contact with acting was at the end of the Sixties with an extra part in a play where you caught the attention of the director. Could you please tell us more about this debut and how it lead you to acting school ?

Sky du Mont : I was broke - as usual - and I did extra-work on plays for television. This is where a very famous german director, Fritz Umgelter, discovered me and gave me my first role in a tv-play.

I was very lucky because an acting instructor from the National Theatre gave me lessons for free as she believed in me and in my talent.


Objectif Cinéma : During your three years at acting school in Munich (1969-1971) which teachers marked you the most and why ?

Sky du Mont : Miss Hanschke, because she taught me everything there was to know about Theatre. Everything else you have to learn while working : « learning by doing »...


Objectif Cinéma : After school you start your career on stage for the Residenztheater of Munich and the Staatstheater in Berlin. For which plays and which roles ?

Sky du Mont : I started off with Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi in Munich. After that I joined the Staatstheater Berlin (National Theatre) an played Gorki, Tchekov, Edward Bond, etc.


Objectif Cinéma : Your first movie is the Heimatfilm Das Schweigen im Walde (1976), directed by Alfred Vohrer. How did you work under the direction of this great artisan of german cinema ?

Sky du Mont : As I had a tiny part there is not much to tell...