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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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Nordic Noir as a Calling Card: The International Careers of Danish Film and Television Talent in the 2010s

Nordic Noir as a Calling Card: The International Careers of Danish Film and Television Talent in the 2010s

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(p.190) 15. Nordic Noir as a Calling Card: The International Careers of Danish Film and Television Talent in the 2010s
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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere
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Eva N. Redvall

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.003.0015

This chapter examines the transnational success of drama serials such as Forbrydelsen/The Killing (2007-2012) and Borgen (2010-2013) and the popularity of a special kind of ’Nordic Noir’ crime drama, the Danish television production landscape enjoyed an unprecedented international interest in the early 2010s. While the series found widespread circulation and sparked new discourses on subtitled content that challenges dominant English-speaking fare, the interest in what was perceived as a highly professional public service production culture simultaneously created new possibilities for Danish talent to launch A-list careers on the global television stage. This study further analyses this new circulation of talent, focusing on how the Danish practitioners have experienced the move to the international production landscape, particularly on what they perceive as similarities and differences between Danish and US production cultures. The chapter also explores what can be regarded as the benefits of this kind of transnational flow of talent; for the international productions as well as for the national series when directors and actors move back and forth between the Nordic region and the rest of the world, creating different kinds of ’Nordic elsewheres’, on screen and behind the screen.

Keywords:   Television, Denmark, Transnational, Nordic Noir, Transnational, Production, The Killing, Borgen

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