Feature Film, 75 minutes , black and white,  2024 

The journalist Leo hopes to finally make an international breakthrough with a report about a rebel group in Thailand. His friend Mawar helps him make local contacts. In return, Leo promises to support him in starting over in Germany. But when the editors sending him the photographer Julian without asking, Leo becomes increasingly entangled in a web of lies and morally questionable decisions.


Award for social relevant Film on Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2024


Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2024

Achtung Berlin Filmfestival 2024

Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International 2024 

Directors Note

In September 2019 I took part in a student exchange program in South Africa. There, while preparing for a documentary, I came across an unexpected area of tension: the short film was supposed to tell the life of a black familymother who, as a cleaning lady, commutes back and forth daily between a white gated community and her township. I quickly realized that I would need local support to make the film. Due to lack of money, I worked with friends in Johannesburg. But on my first trips to the township, where crime is to be expected, I found myself in an ethical dilemma: Should I expose my friends to possible dangers for a film? Can I use the trust of my private relationships for this project? When do I abuse relationships? 

In my case it was a free artistic student project without existential pressure. But what if your entire life depends on the success of a project? How far would someone go, especially with more dangerous topics like a rebel group? “Good News” is my filmic examination of these questions. The film takes a look at the ethical limits of media professionals who depend on the success of their projects. When is trust abused and what risk is acceptable?


Ilja Stahl

Sabree Matming

Dennis Scheuermann


Hannes Schilling


Ghiath Al Mhitawi und Hannes Schilling

Produced by 

Jost Hering Filme

Co Produced by 

Hannes Schilling

Director of Photography

Falco Seliger


Marie Fontanel und Paul Gröbel


Alexander Wolf


Anastasiia Nasonkina, Johannes Luppa


Lena Radivoj

Filmorchester Babelsberg


Pisuthpak Sukwisit

made possible by

FFA - Filmförderungsanstalt

Die Beauftrage der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

with the support of

Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Prince of Songkla University PSU