About Lisa Ohlin
From the beginning, there was canvas and color. Soon I found the medium too confining and turned to film.
As of 2016, I have made five feature films, TV movies, several TV series, theatre productions, short films and commercials.
I tell stories about characters. Often I find my heroes in the midst of a crisis. It might be the soldier returning home, the recent widower, the housewife left behind by her husband, the stripper losing her mother, or the alcoholic facing his last days on earth. I search for stories that bring us closer to who we really are and who we want to be.
I love stories that will take you from smiles to tears and back again. I love a good laugh in the midst of a tragedy. I love working with actors, searching for the complexity of humanity. I like endings that give us hope.
My latest film, the love story “Walk With Me”, will have a theatrical release in Denmark in March 2016. It is based in part on a true story, and tells of a Danish soldier returning home as a double amputee. In his frustrated efforts to walk again, he meets a ballet dancer who helps him. Produced by Oscar-winning producer Per Holst (Pelle The Conqueror), it stars Denmark’s leading young actor, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, and a former ballet dancer, Cecilie Lassen, in her debut role.
In the years 2010 to 2013, I switched between film, stage and television. My feature film “Simon and The Oaks” was Sweden’s fourth largest film ever, with a budget of €6,3 million. Based on a popular book, it was a box office success, receiving the Gothenburg Film Festival Audience Prize, thirteen Swedish “Guldbagge” nominations, including best film and direction, and had theatrical releases in several European countries as well as in the US.
Next, I devoted myself to staging the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit musical “Next to Normal” at Stockholm’s Stadsteater in Sweden. This wonderful and complex story about a troubled family, including a mother with bipolar disorder, opened in September 2012 to great reviews and sold-out box offices.
Finally, I was asked to round-out the hugely popular Wallander series, with my long time friend Krister Henriksson as the aging criminal inspector Wallander. The very last episode, “Wallander: The Sad Bird”, was released in Sweden in October 2013, on BBC4 in May 2014, and in the US in October 2014.
Between 2007 and 2010, I had the honor of being appointed as the Feature Film Commissioner for the Swedish Film Institute, selecting the projects that would receive state-funding for script development and production financing. It was a challenging and educational time, giving me the opportunity to read more than 500 scripts and closely follow films from idea to full financing and completion.
Flaming Film AB is my production company where I develop scripts for film and theater.