About the Filmmakers
THE PRISONER OR: HOW I PLANNED TO KILL TONY BLAIR co-director and co-producer Michael Tucker was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966 and worked for two years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska until an accident on a factory trawler led him to pick up his first camera.
THE PRISONER OR: HOW I PLANNED TO KILL TONY BLAIR co-director and co-producer Petra Epperlein was born in Karl Marx Stadt, GDR in 1966. After two years of work as a bricklayer, Epperlein studied architecture in Dresden where after receiving her diploma in 1991, she headed west to America.
Epperlein and Tucker met in New York in 1994, where she was pursuing architecture and he was a developing a television series called THE END OF THE WORLD.
In 1995, they relocated to Berlin for the birth of their daughter. They then launched Nomados Films, a production company which focuses on humanitarian issue reportage. Between 1995 and 1997 they produced media for humanitarian groups in Vietnam, The Philippines, Bosnia and Croatia.
In 1997, Tucker and Epperlein produced the short film THE LAST COWBOY, one of the first films to be shot on the new DV format and the first film to be designed specifically for DVD. The film brought their two world views together; telling the story of an East German raised on Karl May-inspired Indianer films who dreams of the American West.
In 2003, the outbreak of the war in Iraq pulled Tucker to Baghdad, where he followed an armored car salesman making sales calls for the road movie, ALI BABA AND THE MERCHANT OF BAGHDAD. While filming ALI BABA, Tucker took interest in the story of US soldiers deployed in Baghdad and began to work on GUNNER PALACE in August 2003. After the critically acclaimed release of GUNNER PALACE in the Spring of 2005, Tucker and Epperlein began work on THE PRISONER: OR HOW I PLANNED TO KILL TONY BLAIR.
In the field, Epperlein does sound; Tucker does camera. In the studio, they share editing tasks. They live and work between Berlin and New York, where Epperlein is currently working on a graphic novel about her childhood in Karl Marx City and Tucker is working on his first narrative screenplay.