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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.

The Films about Pippi Longstocking

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Seacrow Island

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Just like Emil i Lönneberga, Astrid grew up in
a large family with maids and farmhands.

14_05

The place called Katthult is an invention of
Astrid Lindgren, but Vimmerby and
Mariannelund – places visited by Emil in the
books – exist in real life.

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Astrid in the kitchen at Näs.

14_03

Here you see Lina’s kitchen sofa in a recent
photograph of the kitchen where Astrid grew
up.

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The environment depicted in the Emil books is
inspired by Astrid’s own childhood at Näs.
Here is a picture of Lina’s kitchen sofa by the
illustrator, Björn Berg.

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With the book Emil i Lönneberga, Astrid
returns to her father’s Småland – the stage of
her own childhood. And Emil was one of the
most favourite characters for both Astrid and
her father. She said, “Emil, you know that’s
exactly the Småland of my own childhood, and
... I like that character so much that when I’d
finished writing the last book about him, I
cried.”

Emil i Lönneberga

1963

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The book is full of stark contrasts, where you
experience bright, happy moments but also
darkness and evil. This is captured very well in
Ilon Wikland’s illustrations.

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The book is full of stark contrasts, where you
experience bright, happy moments but also
darkness and evil. This is captured very well in
Ilon Wikland’s illustrations.

13_03

In 1953 a young illustrator turned up at Rabén &
Sjögren, asking if they might have any work for
her. Ilon Wikland was introduced to Astrid
Lindgren and began to show her some sample
pictures. Astrid thought “this girl can draw
fairytales” and gave her the assignment of
creating the illustrations for Mio, My Son. Since
then, Ilon has illustrated many of Astrid’s books.

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