The first project to be completed under Upgrade’s banner was the astonishing documentary ‘Interview with a Cannibal’: the shocking true story of Armin Meiwes, the man dubbed the Rotenburg Cannibal by the global press after he had been found to have cannibalised a lover; a man he had developed a relationship with on the internet for the purpose of this bizarre and fatal mutual encounter. Over 9 hours of filmed interviews with Mr. Meiwes and exclusive access to his home and family friends was captured to produce this fascinating documentary. After many hours of interviews with Mr. Meiwes, Gunter Stampf has also written a book published by Seeliger Verlag AG by the same title.
On October 16th the programme broke records in Germany as it was aired for a straight 66 minutes (an extended version) on RTL without a single advertisement break and achieved a 23% market share. Similarly, in the UK on November 5th the international (English) version of the documentary, co-produced and distributed worldwide by RDF Rights, was aired first on Channel 5 and was the UK’s number one rated 10 o’clock show and very positively reviewed by the national press. The international version has to date been aquired by over 30 other broadcasters from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.