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Peter Birro

    Peter Birro (b. 1966) is one of Sweden's most prolific and admired screenwriters. Birro started out as a poet and musician but got his big break with the script for the award-winning TV series Hammarkullen (1997). Thereafter followed successes as the TV series The New Country (2000) and How Soon Is Now?! (2008) that went on to win 2008 Prix Italia for ‘Best Television Drama’. Since then Peter Birro has held an unquestionable role in Swedish television and cinema.

    Birro’s latest feature film Waltz For Monica (2013) was the biggest commercial success 2013 in Swedish theaters and went on to be nominated for multiple awards including, a ‘Grand Prix des Amériques’ at the Montréal World Film Festival and no less than 11 ‘Guldbagge’ at 2013 The Official Swedish Film Awards. The film was awarded with four ‘Guldbagge’ as well as the ‘City of Gothenburg Award’ at the 2014 Gothenburg Film Festival.

    His original Mini-Series Viva Hate (2014), was awarded at the 2015 Prix Europa in the category ‘Best European fiction serial or mini-series’.

    Peter Birro is also active as a playwright and has written several plays set up by the The Royal Dramatic Theatre.


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    Peter Birro’s new feature to start shooting in 2017

    Ted, a feature film about the Swedish pop legend Ted Gärdestad written by Peter Birro, is set to start filming in February 2017. Birro’s fascination with music has previously been translated into film in the critically acclaimed Waltz For Monica, depicting the story of iconic jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, as well as in the mini series Viva Hate, a tribute to Morrissey and the story of a struggling punk band in 90s Gothenburg.

    Ted will be directed by Hannes Holm, whose most recent work includes A Man Called Ove, a film based on Fredrik Backman’s novel that attracted a record audience of more than 1,7 moviegoers. Adam Pålsson will be starring in Ted as the young Ted Gärdestad.

    Read more about Ted in Dagens Nyheter (Swedish).

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    ‘Viva Hate’ wins Prix Europa 2015

    The TV-series Viva Hate, written by Peter Birro, was awarded the 2015 Prix Europa in the category ‘Best European TV fiction serial or mini series’. An excerpt from the jury’s motivation reads: “The series gives us warm-hearted comedy with the rhythm and passion of fireworks. The magnificent script moves forward with extraordinary power and the directing adds great momentum. The series starts off like an earthquake – and just keeps building from there.”

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    ‘Viva Hate’ nominated for a Prix Europa 2015

    The Mini-Series Viva Hate (2014), written by Peter Birro and named after Morrissey’s debut solo album, has been nominated at the Prix Europa 2015 in the category of ‘TV Fiction’.

    The award ceremony of this year’s Prix Europa will take place 23 October in Berlin, Germany.

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    ‘Viva Hate’ awarded with two Kristallen Awards

    Peter Birro’s original TV series Viva Hate was awarded two Kristallen Awards at the 2015 Swedish TV Award ceremony.

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    ‘Viva Hate’ nominated for three Kristallen Awards

    Peter Birro’s original TV series Viva Hate has been nominated in no less than three categories at the 2015 Swedish TV Awards Kristallen, including for ‘Best TV Drama’.

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