Florian Habicht was born in Berlin, and immigrated with his family to New Zealand in the early eighties. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts Auckland and Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam.
Florian’s debut feature Woodenhead became a cult hit in New Zealand and was distributed in the U.S.A. by Olive Films. The b&w fairytale is renowned for the innovation of recording all dialogue, location sound and music before shooting even began. Florian was acting on explicit instructions from 80's pop duo Milli Vanilli, who visited him in a dream.
Florian's documentary Kaikohe Demolition (2004) is a loving celebration of a small struggling town that became famous for some of its children attacking Santa. Rubbings from a Live Man(2008) is a documentary performed entirely by it's subject Warwick Broadhead.
In 2010 Florian spent a year in New York, where he made the innovative feature romance Love Story. Florian shot the film’s opening sequence, then asked everyday New Yorkers (and a psychic) for love advice and ideas on what should happen next in the story. These ideas were then acted out in dramatic scenes with actress Masha Yakovenko and the film’s narrative was crowd sourced / dictated by the city.
When Love Story screened at the London Film Festival, PULP invited Florian to make a feature documentary about the group.
Florian is the son of sixties photographer Frank Habicht.