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Trapped star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson on playing a cowboy killer in new BBC Series ‘The Tourist’

The last time I spoke with Icelandic star Olafur Darri Olafsson, we were chatting at a live online event with Barnet libraries one evening in spring 2021. But it was 06.30 in the morning for Darri, and he was in quarantine over in Australia. “Let me just grab a coffee” he has said before the […]

Rising Stars of 2021

Amongst all the TV series and films we have been blessed with this year, there are also the talented people who are involved and keep us glued to the screens. In our final post of the year we wanted to turn our attention to some of the brilliant individuals we have discovered this year, who […]

Stella Blomkvist is back! We catch up with its star Heida Reed

Last month saw the release of season two of Icelandic series Stella Blomkvist -four years after season one came out. Described on IMDB as “a young, cute, tough, confident, intelligent, Icelandic lawyer with a flexible moral compass”, Stella Blomkvist is a refreshing romp of a Nordic Noir with a sassy and darkly funny twist. The […]

Nordic Flavours of the Month: November

Another month has flown by and once again a wonderful collection of TV shows and movies to catch – we once again round up some of our favourite Nordic flavours of the month! TV SHOWS We really have been spoilt with TV Series this month and even as we write this we are battling our […]

Meet Pelle Holmström: Star of new Swedish series ‘Partisan’

Walter Presents has delivered another exciting new show from the Nordic region, this time in the guise of Sweden’s Partisan. Alex spoke to one of its stars, Pelle Holmström, about the show, what to expect (no spoilers in this interview), and discuss some music he has been working on too. Nordic Watchlist: Partisan is finally […]

Meet talented Icelandic musician and actress Elín Hall

When listening to the brilliant Kvimyndapod I discovered a film that I hadn’t heard of – Let Me Fall – the movie had been added onto Amazon Prime so I had an opportunity to discover. It is by no means an easy watch as the film tackles the horrendous journey of a drug-addicted girl growing […]

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Halloween Special: Nordic horror film favourites

In this special feature for Halloween, we speak to a variety of people in our Nordic Watchlist network to hear about their favourite Nordic horror movies, and we give our top picks too! Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen Director of Rift It’s very hard to pick just one favorite Nordic horror film, so I have to cheat […]

We reach the end of the world in Iceland with Mylissa Fitzsimmons ‘Everything In The End’

Director Mylissa Fitzsimmons has been keeping busy over the past year as she tours her beautiful movie ‘Everything In The End’, set in Iceland. Nordic Watchlist got to speak to the director, and one of the stars featured in the movie, Bergdís Júlía Jóhannsdóttir. NW: When did you first discover Iceland and what inspired you […]

SPOTLIGHT: Danish historical drama ‘Margrete: Queen of the North’

One of the many big movies to come to Reykjavik International Film Festival is Denmark’s Margrete – Queen of the North (Margrete den Første). If there is one way to describe this incredible piece of Nordic cinema, it’s that it introduces to you perhaps a brand new form of noir, ‘Medieval Noir’! The Film Imagine some […]

Interview with Herbert Nordrum – star of the acclaimed Norwegian film ‘The Worst Person In The World’

The love for Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World has been building and building – from the moment it premiered in Cannes to its arrival last week at Reykjavik’s International Film Festival and more recently at BFI London International Film Festival. With each festival, the hype is growing, and rightly so. It is, […]

Meet Cop Secret’s badass Vivian Ólafsdóttir

Cop Secret is building some more international momentum as it plays alongside its Icelandic counterpart Lamb at this year’s BFI London International Film Festival. We spoke to actress Vivian Ólafsdóttir who tells us about her role in the film and what further projects she has coming up. Cop Secret has been doing the rounds in […]

Nordic Watchlist meets Kathrine Thorborg Johansen

Alex speaks to the brilliant Kathrine Thorborg Johansen – star of the brilliant Norwegian Netflix series Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes. Alex discusses the series which flew in under the radar and gave us our first experience of ‘Vampire Noir’. The discussion involves talking about the series before then going into a more […]

SPOTLIGHT: Meet talented writer and actress Minni Katina Mertens

Minni is back from catching a heatwave in the Norway countryside, she describes it as an ‘explosion of summer‘ from her now-current Oslo location. Nordic Watchlist first discovered Minni’s work when catching images on her Instagram of a project she did during the summer called The Foxcave, an art project that she worked on as […]

NORDIC NEW WAVE: Meet rising star Tarek Zayat from Danish crime thriller ‘Shorta’

With the Danish movie Shorta (Arabic for police), finally getting a release in the UK on Sept 3, we interviewed the impressive young breakout star Tarek Zayat. We first saw the movie at Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, (you can read more about the synopsis of the film in this post), and were impressed […]

Nordic Flavours of the Month: AUGUST

Oh boy – there has been an overwhelming amount of Nordic entertainment to discover this month! So get ready for a bumper pack of TV shows, movies, documentaries, and even a podcast in our August round-up… FILM THE HERO’S JOURNEY TO THE THIRD POLE | Apple TV First and foremost we have been delighted to […]

In conversation with Snöänglar and Vikings star Josefin Asplund

Swedish actress Josefin Asplund is on a bit of a roll. Since finishing a short stint on the epic Vikings, she has appeared in a number of other popular shows including Jens Lapidus’s Top Dog and most recently the highly regarded Snöänglar (Snow Angels), which even previewed at Berline Film Festival 2021. Back in May […]

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Connecting cultures through film with the Swedish Korean Film Festival 26-29 August

You might think that Sweden and Korea have little in common, but the organisers of the Swedish Korean Film Festival are seeking commonality and understanding, bringing these two cultures together through art. This year, the Swedish Korean Film Festival offers a whole host of short films including one of our favourites by director Johannes Nyholm […]


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