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Trygve Allister Diesen

Trygve Allister Diesen is one of Norway’s most prolific directors and screenwriters, known for taking on thriller, crime and human drama projects focusing on visceral, cinematic storytelling and emotional yet grounded performances.

Part Norwegian, part Scottish, Diesen graduated magna cum laude from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and sold his first script two weeks out of film school. His second feature Hold My Heart (2002) was chosen as Norway’s submission to the Oscars, while his third film and English-language debut Red (2008) premiered at Sundance, starring Brian Cox in an award-winning performance.

In 2010, Diesen became the first recipient of a practice-based doctorate in directing from The Norwegian Film School. He still teaches there on occasion, as well as in other film schools.

Diesen directs TV with the same passion he brings to features and does so alternating between the role of conceptual and episodic director. He has helmed well over 100 episodes, spanning multiple genres, countries and languages. Diesen’s most noteworthy projects include the acclaimed, hard-boiled miniseries Torpedo (2007) which he created, wrote and directed, along with the series version of Arne Dahl/The A Group (2015), which he developed as concept director for Swedish TV. The series then went on to air on BBC and ZDF.

Diesen is currently attached to the TV series Wisting, Norway’s biggest-ever drama production, based on the renowned literary series by Jørn Lier Horst. Besides being the director, Diesen is one of the much-anticipated crime series’ writers and creators. Wisting will premiere on Viaplay in 2019.

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Trygve Allister Diesen is one of Norway’s most prolific directors and manuscript writers, known for taking on thriller, crime and human drama projects focusing on visceral, cinematic storytelling and emotional yet grounded performances.

His feature Hold My Heart (2002) was chosen as Norway’s submission to the Oscars, while his third film and English-language debut Red (2008) premiered at Sundance, starring Brian Cox in an award-winning performance.

Diesen is currently attached to the TV series Wisting, Norway’s biggest-ever drama production, based on the renowned literary series by Jørn Lier Horst. Besides being the director, Diesen is one of the much-anticipated crime series’ writers and creators. Wisting will premiere on Viaplay in 2019.