Movie Weekend

My mind was taken back this weekend, to my last visit to Stockholm in 2017. In particular, to Gröna Lund, the amusement park on Djurgården, located on one of the central islands of the city.

Gröna Lund
Gröna Lund


Although you would normally associate the idea of an amusement park with a story that is light and fluffy, the film Swoon (original Swedish title “Eld & lågor”) tells a far deeper story of crime and corruption, as the original owners of the park, and a nearby park across the road competed for customers in the 1940s.… Read the rest “Movie Weekend”

Millenium Tour, Stockholm

“There’ll be a new book, a fourth one at the end of August”, we were told today by Carin, our tour group leader for the “(Stieg Larsson) Millenium Tour” run by the Stockholm City Museum, Stockholm Stadsmeet. “We don’t know very much about it”, she went on to say, “except that it hasn’t been written by Stieg Larsson”. The author of the new book was a surprise to me. He is David Lagercrantz, who wrote the best selling book about Swedish footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and for whom, Carin told us, there was “sport” in writing a new book with the Millenium characters, more than about making money.… Read the rest “Millenium Tour, Stockholm”

Movies and Shows

“The subtitles don’t exactly match the text”, I whispered in the ear of my friend Grant.

“And isn’t it great that we can recognise this?”, he responded.

We were sitting in the Dendy Cinema at Newtown watching the third and final in the Millenium series by Stieg Larsson.

Grant has read the books in English, and I’m about half way through a chapter in the first book in Swedish (it’s taking a while).

Both of us have been learning Swedish for some time, and both agreed it was a bit of a breakthrough moment in terms of understanding Swedish.… Read the rest “Movies and Shows”

The boy who loved schlager

Grant and I went to see “The Girl Who Played With Fire” at the Dendy in Newtown, this afternoon.

It’s the second film in the Stieg Larsson “Millenium” trilogy that has already been screened on Swedish TV, but which has been a cinema release here in Australia.

I found the first film quite hard work – perhaps because I first saw it in Swedish without English subtitles – but absolutely loved this one.

Girl who played with fire movie poster at Dendy, Newtown, Sydney
Girl who played with fire movie poster at Dendy, Newtown, Sydney

Although it was about two hours in length, it flew by, and I never found myself distracted.… Read the rest “The boy who loved schlager”