Meet our director Gustav

Vad kind of movies and TV-series does Netflix suggest to you? 

Everything with swords in it. Sometimes they try to mix things up with something more contemporary, but it usually never sticks for too long.

How come you started working in the film industry? 

I have always wanted to work with something creative. I started out trying to become a rockstar but realised after a while that it was a bit harder than I anticipated.

Tell us about the first film you made. 

Can’t remember the first one but me and my friends made a lot of films together when we were younger. Stop-motion, pretend commercial films and all genres you can think of. A common thread in the films where that they usually started off pretty organised and well written but ended up in nonsense because people had to get home to get home in time for dinner.

Tell us about a situation on set where everything went to hell. Or when you thought it would. 

I worked as an assistant on a shoot where the main actor had s scene where she was going to act drunk. She took a few glasses to get in the right mood, but things unraveled and the shoot was canceled when she passed out.

What film that someone else made do you wish you had made yourself?

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011). That movie is spot on in terms of what I like, both artistically and thematically. Remember that I got a little bit angry when I saw it for the first time. 

What book would you like to make a film or series on? And why?

The Lord of the Rings. I usually feel alone to think that Peter Jacksons adaptations are pretty bad. I had read the books a hundred times before I saw the movies and thought he missed the goal by far.

What filmmaker would you like to meet and what would you ask him or her? 

Nikita Mikhalkov. I would like to ask him how you can be such a brilliant filmmaker who creates such moving and humoristic films and at the same time be best friends with Vladimir Putin.

What do you think makes a good commercial film?

Above all that it’s funny. It should have a value for the person watching so that you want to see it even if you dont have to. It should also make you remember the brand, otherwise there’s no point being a commercial.

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