The team behind the Danish box-office success Shake It All About has set up a new production outfit, Fine & Mellow, to handle the future projects from talents Hella Joof, Jannik Johansen and Line Knutzon.
"We basically wanted to be our own bosses," says Thomas Gammeltoft, who produced Joof's Shake It All About for Angel Films. "So we have a set-up where the four of us have an equal share, and we intend to avoid growing too big too quickly even though we have a lot of projects already."
First up is Jannik Johansen's crime-comedy Rembrandt, which is his feature debut following his work as technical director on films like Shake It All About and Flickering Lights. It starts rolling on October 21 for 9 weeks in Copenhagen, and Gammeltoft calls the $2.3m (DKR17.8m) film a perfect example of the kind of films Fine & Mellow aim to make - Danish films with international potential. It is inspired by the real theft of a Rembrandt-painting from a Danish museum in 1999, and the director co-wrote the script with Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights, Open Hearts).
Rembrandt has an all-star cast of Danish talents: Lars Brygmann, Jacob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Nikolaj Coster Waldau and Sonja Richter. Nordisk Film will release the film in fall 2003, as the debut in their first-look collaboration with Fine & Mellow.
Major Nordisk Film (formerly Egmont Entertainment) also owns 33% of the company, which has set up offices at Nordisk's old studios, where the recently restructured major intends to set up a filmmaking hub.
Actress and entertainer Hella Joof, who made her writing and directing debut with Shake It All About, is developing Oh, Happy Day, a comedy about a gospel choir based on a script by Jannik Johansen. She is also working on a children's TV-programme called The Robot And Mum with Line Knutzon and actor Peter Frodin.