18_01

The filming of the Brothers Lionheart was to be
the last project Astrid Lindgren and Olle
Hellbom worked on together. The film is also
the only one of their works which was not
allowed to be shown to children under 11 years
at the cinemas. Strong protests were coming
from the general public and the cultural
establishment.

Jan-Erik Wikström was Minister
for Education at the time and he entered into the
debate, with the result that the age limit was
lowered to 7 years: Lex Lejonhjärta.

17_05

When we see Astrid Lindgren sweep by at the
Vimmerby Fair in the film, Emil i Lönneberga
it is the only time she appears in a movie.

17_04

Astrid Lindgren pictured with some of the
film-crew at the première. The Emil movies
were always premièred at “The Grand” cinema
in Vimmerby.

17_03

Thousands of boys wanted the role of Emil i
Lönneberga. This is the photograph of Janne
Ohlsson which the casting department had in
front of them as a guide in helping them select
the right applicant.

17_02

When Ida was going to be hoisted up the
flagpole, she steadfastlyly refused. Not until
the film-crew appeased her with a bit of ballthrowing
did she allow them to hoist her up – a
little bit. So it continued: “catch the ball!” – a
bit higher. Throw the ball again – hoist her up
a bit more, until she was 3 metres above the
ground, which was high enough to catch her on
film.

17_01

In 1970 the decision was made to make a film
based on the Emil books. After the première of
the first film, the critics were cool and yet the
general public loved both the movies and the
TV series. It was the first time that Allan
Edwall played a part in an Astrid Lindgren
film. After that he appears in almost every film
made by the Lindgren-Hellbom “duo”. The
location chosen for the filming was a small
property in Gibberyd, not far from Vimmerby.
Today, it is one of Sweden’s most frequently
visited farms, receiving hundreds of thousands
of tourists during the summer months.

16_05

Many of the film scenes were shot in Visby on
the island of Gotland. In the books, Pippi
wears a blue dress, but that did not work on the
screen since many of the effects were shot
against a blue background, and that would
have totally obliterated Pippi’s dress had it
been blue.

16_04

Many of the film scenes were shot in Visby on
the island of Gotland. In the books, Pippi
wears a blue dress, but that did not work on the
screen since many of the effects were shot
against a blue background, and that would
have totally obliterated Pippi’s dress had it
been blue.

16_03

Many of the film scenes were shot in Visby on
the island of Gotland. In the books, Pippi
wears a blue dress, but that did not work on the
screen since many of the effects were shot
against a blue background, and that would
have totally obliterated Pippi’s dress had it
been blue.

16_02

Olle Hellbom knew he had found his Pippi
Longstocking the moment Inger Nilsson
walked in the door during the last screen-test.
“All the others had only dressed up as Pippi,
but this Inger had that extra something. She
had Pippi on the inside.”

16_01

When Pippi Longstocking was going to be
filmed for TV in 1968, Olle Hellbom was the
director. The theme song, “Here comes Pippi
Longstocking” was written by Jan Johansson
who had been inspired by Ghana’s Police
Orchestra, amongst others. 8,000 girls applied
for the role of Pippi which finally went to Inger
Nilsson from Kisa. Astrid visited the film
location on several occasions, but she mostly
served “backstage” ready to help via the
telephone providing an extra line or in the case
of some scenes needing to be added to or
changed.

15_06

Here is Astrid together with some of the cast at
the première of Tjorven och Mysak.

15_05

Seacrow Island was the fourth project Astrid
and Olle Hellbom (to the right in the photo) had
been working on together. They collaborated
over a period of two decades, and together they
made 17 films and TV series.

15_04

Astrid spent a lot of time on location during the
filming of the Seacrow Island series.

15_03

During the screen-tests, the initial intention was
to have Kristina Jämtmark playing the part of
Tjorven, but after meeting Maria Johansson the
film crew chose her. Everyone was still so
enchanted with Kristina Jämtmark, however,
that Astrid quickly wrote in the Stina part
especially for her. In these pictures we see
Maria and Kristina together with Stephen
Lindholm who plays Pelle in the series, on a
visit with Astrid at the summer house in
Furusund.

15_02

During the screen-tests, the initial intention was
to have Kristina Jämtmark playing the part of
Tjorven, but after meeting Maria Johansson the
film crew chose her. Everyone was still so
enchanted with Kristina Jämtmark, however,
that Astrid quickly wrote in the Stina part
especially for her. In these pictures we see
Maria and Kristina together with Stephen
Lindholm who plays Pelle in the series, on a
visit with Astrid at the summer house in
Furusund.

15_01

After 30 years of spending every summer in
Furusund (part of the Stockholm archipelago),
Astrid was ready to start writing about life out
there. In 1963 Seacrow Island was produced –
Astrid’s first series specially written for TV.
The cast was found with the help of one of the
national News programmes and within a year
the first series was ready to be aired.

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