I was always a writer first and foremost, but never found the process easy. In particular when starting to study journalism, I needed to shackle myself to the desk in order to get anything written. Ambition bites the nails of success, as they say.
Film was like starting with a clean slate. A refreshingly free medium where anything was possible and where creativity could take so many forms. From preparing to shooting and editing it was also, almost always, a collective process, which means you never have the option of getting stuck inside your own head. Truly liberating.
These three documentaries were all broadcast on Swedish national television within the space of just over one very busy and very very rewarding year. The top one came out of spending almost a decade working with people from the Balkans and travelling through the region, which left me feeling there were many stories waiting to be told. I now think the same is true of what’s happening in Ukraine, in Syria and in all the other war torn hot spots of our time. Death and destruction catches all the headlines but underneath that tragedy, there’s always going to be free spirits who in some wondrous way manage to stay creative.