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Writer-director. Currently based in Oslo, Norway. MA graduate of the National Film & Television School, London.

Last year I attended the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab developing my script THOMAS IN 10 DIMENSIONS. The project has just been given the go-ahead by the Norwegian Film Institute and will be my debut as a feature film director.

Right now I’m in post-production on two projects. One is a pilot for a drama series that I’ve recently presented at the C21 Drama Summit in London and Drama Series Days at the Berlinale. I’m also currently writing the rest of the first season. The other project is APOCALYPSE NORWAY, a short film collaboration with electronica producer André Bratten.

My 10th short NOTHING EVER REALLY ENDS - a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere - has screened at festivals including Aspen (Jury Special Recognition) and Seattle (Jury Special Recognition). Vimeo named it the runner up for Best Drama of 2017 as well as one of the top comedies of the year. It’s also a 2018 Webby Awards Honoree in "Comedy: Long Form or Series", a Nowness Picks, a Short Of The Week pick and currently screening on Canal180.

ETERNAL SUMMER, another feature script of mine, was selected for the Les Arcs co-production village and is currently in development.

Earlier work: MY FRIEND KILLS TIME - available at Nowness - premiered at South By Southwest. The medium length film SCRATCH won the main prize in Aubagne. VANILLA SONG was selected for Cannes, Cinéfondation. I’ve worked with leading Norwegian production companies Maipo Film, Motlys and Ape&Bjørn.

As a commercials and content director, I’ve worked for clients as diverse as an airline and an underground fashion label. HUNGER was profiled in Shots and nominated for the Young Directors Award in Cannes. The commissioned short film SOMETIMES was nominated for the 1.4 awards.

I’ve attended the late Jeanne Moreau’s screenwriting workshop in France, The Berlin Talent Campus, The Nordic Film Lab, Robert McKee’s Story Seminar and the Judith Weston Acting For Directors Workshop in LA. I’ve also studied courses in Film History and Media Science at Bergen and Stavanger universities. I’m a three year recipient of the Norwegian State Grant for Young Film Artists.

I am on the advisory board for the new arthouse cinema Vega Scene in Oslo.

And finally I run workshops and hold lectures on writing and directing at several institutions, including Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.


Babusjka (Norway)


Thomas in 10 Dimensions / Rushprint

C21 Drama Summit / NFI

Interview / Directors Notes

Interview / Canal180

Jakob i Sundance / KF

Video interview / ION Cinema

Sundance advisors / Deadline Hollywood

Screenwriters lab / Sundance Institute

Review / Short Of The Week

Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere / The Vimeo Blog

Aspen winners / Aspen Film

Ones to watch at Shortsfest / Aspen Times

Jakob til Aspen / KF

Z-enquete / Z

Kortfilmfavoritter fra Grimstad / NFK

En alvorlig mann… / Stavanger Aftenblad

"Eternal Summer" at Les Arcs / Variety

Sometimes Sorrow / 1.4

Brilliant Filmmaking Award / Little Black Book

NFI backs talented directors / NFI

Hunger (new directors) / Shots

Jakob's Ladder / 1.4

Sult imponerte Shots / KF

SXSW filmspessial / Natt & Dag

Norsk kortfilm til SXSW / Aftenposten

En ekte revolusjon / Dagbladet

SXSW Video Interview / Play Festival

NFTS number 1 #2 / Hollywood Reporter

NFTS number 1 #1 / The Guardian