Ida Kjellin

Ida Kjellin
is @Sweden

My name is Ida Kjellin and I’m a TV and film screenwriter.

I’m also a former TV-producer, postproduction producer, segment producer, editor, TV format developer, news reporter (a lousy one, always scared), and actually once upon a time host for a Swedish TV show for teens, but that was ages ago.

I remember always wearing those super low cut Britney Spears-jeans on the show, you know the ones where your ass shines if you bend forward the slightest. I also wore one of those asymmetrical hair do’s so popular in the early 2000′s, the hair was short – then long – then short – then long. Brrr. Let’s forget about those.

Now I just write. Mostly fantasy for kids. Which I love!

And I haven’t worn jeans – low cut or not – in 10 years. I like to wear 40’s and 50’s inspired dresses, which sometimes, I agree tom some extent, makes me look like an old lady.

I’m also a TV critic, most of the time I write for TVdags, definitely the best website about anything TV in Sweden.

I have strong opinions about a lot of things – gender equality, the environment, animal rights, Star Wars – but this week I will mostly focus on tweeting about TV. What I love, and what I hate. I watch a lot, so please feel free to ask for recommendations!

I will also be bragging about Swedish children’s program, which I believe are amongst the best in the world.

My personal Twitter account is the not very imaginative @idakjellin.

I will enjoy this, see you!

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 14:36

Help Stuart finding ”Real Humans”! RT“@StuartMcDow: Can’t find DVD with English subtitles! I must now quickly learn Swedish so I can watch!”

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:47

I like Real Humans because it shows it’s possible to produce scifi without CGI. They made wonders w great make up and mask!

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:32

By too familiar actors I mean I will think ”hey! There’s Sherlock! And he’s talking to Adam in Girls!”

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:31

One one hand, I trust JJ Abrams. Especially after Super 8. On the other hand – why so FEW FEMALES zzzzzzzz and too familiar actors I think?

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:07

Yeah yeah you rub it in. Over and OVER again. I SAID I didn’t believe it, didn’t I?! *voice, crying, coming up from the dug hole-of-shame*

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:05

NOOO! Okay I feel so stupid now. That site, Clickhole, is SATIRE. Ok ok ok I’m going to dig a hole and bury myself in it.

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 11:01

…and on that note…could we all just stop what we are doing for a little while and concentrate on Star Wars. Like I promised/threatened.

@Sweden juli 24, 2014 10:58

Couldn’t we all stop our ”cheers”, ”sincerly”, ”hej då”, ”XX”, ”regards” and just let all out emails end with ”MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!?!

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:32

My point is: if it wasn’t the iconic Astrid Lindgren, but newly written stories – would they been allowed, filmed, for kids?

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:24

2 brothers making a suicide pact (The Brothers Lionheart), little girls in a violent fight (Madicken)or a boy, locked in by his dad (Emil)?

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:21

One last thing about children’s TV. You know Astrid Lindgren, right? Well do you think adaptations of her books would be possible today?

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:17

”Solstollarna” is a play w words. ”Solstolarna” means ”sun deck chairs”. One more ”L” and it means something like ”Sun Crazies”. Ha ha…ha.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:11

The most famous of the Swedish artists participated in Solstollarna. Some international stars as well at the time, like Samantha Fox…

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:09

But lets go back in time and take a look at something I think WAS kind of inapproriate for kids…something I’ve already mentioned…

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 13:00

The Barnkanalen produced a show called ”Superdräkten” – ”the Supersuit”. The (amazing) host is a man in drag, ”SuperPeter” ->

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:41

They encourage characters of different colour, sexual orientation, disabilities. Not just white middle class kids. I’m grateful!

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:39

Let me tell you something wonderful about the part of the Swedish Television that makes the children’s TV. They are REALLY for diversity.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:33

My advice: you can let kids watch a lot of TV/films for grown ups. But WATCH IT WITH THEM! Answer the kids questions!

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:31

Parents need to chill. Kids need to see stuff that makes them think, and wonder, and YES sometimes be scared. How will they grow otherwise?

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:29

Mom, dad, girl, boy. I mean the families of today do not look like that. A fake reality. Kids need to be able to identify w what they see!

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:28

And – this is just my opinion generally: Everything is so PERFECT in kid’s TV nowadays. Like the families need to be PERFECT.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:26

Everything needs to be so SAFE. ”They can’t light a candle! What if a kid watches it and lights a candle and sets the house on fire!” etc.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:25

I’m sure you in your countries have all sorts of rules when it comes to children’s TV. So do we. TOO many rules nowadays if you ask me.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:22

It was hard to write the script, so many people w opinions. ”Not too scary! Not too expensive! Grandma has to understand! Baby brother too!”

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:21

When I think about it, most of the Julkalendrar have an element of the supernatural/fantasy. And humour, of course.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:11

.@matthewddsg Glad to hear it! You should know it takes place in our time though,not a period piece. It WILL be available on the svt.se site

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:09

The first Julkalendern aired 1960, and all Swedes have loads of fond memories of favourites. I’ll try to find some on You Tube that I liked!

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:07

.@Loukas_RS Why pirates? We wanted an oldfashioned kid’s adventure, Spielberg style. And who doesn’t dig pirates?

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:05

”I hate this year’s!” ”The last year’s Julkalender was soooo much better” ”They are all bad – not like the ones when I was a kid!”

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:05

So that’s wonderful. A GREAT honour of course, but…I’m terrified. Terrified because EVERYONE in Sweden have a very strong opinion abt it.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:04

The Julkalender we’ve written for 2014 is called ”The Secret of the Pirate Treasure” and is an adventure for kids/families.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:03

Every year it’s a new drama production. The first
ep airs on the first of December, a new ep everyday, the big finale on Christmas Eve.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:02

The Julkalendern is an annual drama, a Christmas tradition, aired at SVT1, one of the channels owned by the
Swedish public service.

@Sweden juli 23, 2014 12:00

Some of you asked about my screenwriting? One thing I’ve written (w a friend) is a TV series most Swedes will watch at one time or another:

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 17:40

Had no idea people often leave their kids as well as dogs in the car?!
PEOPLE, DO NOT TO LEAVE LIVING THINGS IN CARS DURING HOT DAYS! RT!

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 17:07

A final announcement : in a lot of countries it’s very hot today:

DON’T leave your dog in the car!!!
(No, not even with the window open)

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 16:24

You’re now thinking of unfollowing this account because of old boring geeky references?
Aaaaannnnndddd for the last time ALL TOGETHER NOW…

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 16:08

I once had a new intern. We tried to pass through a locked door. He put his hand on it and said ”mellon”…I KNEW then we would be friends!

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 15:52

People are now mentioning ”horse means heroin”, the movie ”they shoot horses don’t they?” And the expression ”flogging a dead horse”.

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 15:32

Okay I’m sad now. Sad for the old horses AND for the singer of Alphaville who surely is old now. And perhaps perishing/fading.

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 15:27

1. I know what perish means. But why a horse? Whyy
2. I don’t get,and have never understood, the ”horses don’t exist”-joke.
Keep it coming!

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 15:18

Why is the horse fading? Is this a common problem when it comes to horses? And does it perish all together when it has faded long enough?

@Sweden juli 22, 2014 15:17

Listening to Alphaville’s Forever Young. The lyrics goes: ”I don’t want to perish like a fading horse”. Could someone PLEASE EXPLAIN?!

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 21:48

Ture is not his real name. The dog breeder named him…- this is so terrible – TWILIGHT. And YES after the movies :(

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 21:35

.@crownofdaisiez His name is Ture. After a very famous character from a series of Swedish children’s books – private detective Ture Sventon.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 21:24

What am I saying?! Alone? I have my dog with me. My fearsome, drooling beast. My blood-jawed, roaring monster of a dog…

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 21:23

So. Great idea to watch a lot of vampire horror (The Strain) when I’m about to sleep alone in a summer cottage. And I’m afraid of the dark.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 16:33

You are all so lovely! Actually NO haters, but instead loads of interesting links and comments! I will therefore award you:

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 16:32

It’s embarrassing actually. Is Orange is the New Black the only show who can do it?! (which by the way is amazing, watch it)

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:59

We need better writers, producers, directors who aren’t trapped in the 17th century when it comes to stereotypes!!

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:56

I adore: Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Maggie Smith, Ellie Kemper, Laura Dern, Lake Bell, Rebel Wilson!

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:54

Let’s not be too gloomy. I firmly believe it’s getting better! Let’s think of all actresses we love and should be in every movie or TV show?

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:51

Listen: You won’t convince me things are equal by thinking hard and then ”but I saw a movie and it had funny women in it!”.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:47

My point is: there are just as many funny women as there are funny men. There are NOT enough funny characters in films for women to play!

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:39

.@throwingflowers Two different things. A lot of men believes that the only way for women to be funny is if they’re being ridiculed.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:27

I love it how you all now reeeaaalllyyyy are trying to find films with male leads and female comic reliefs… ”ummm eeh..what about…no…”

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:21

.@danielradosh It’s ok to have a female comic relief if the movie has a female lead. Rare w one with a MALE lead and a FEMALE comic relief.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:18

Yup! That’s the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”. The bare foot bananas fountain girl. She’s usually played by Zooey Deschanel. “ADORKABLE! “

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:17

The quirky cute “crazy” girl who skinny dips in fountains & teaches the uptight guy how to loosen his tie and carpe diem.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:16

Know what I’ve been told? In an argument about which character should be the “funny one”, someone said “well, boys are funnier than girls”.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 15:06

With the exception of the romantic comedies with a female main character, also known as “chick flicks” (hateful word).

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:53

Of course there is a general lack of female characters in films, but especially: why there are so few FUNNY female characters?

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:53

I think TV’s doing a better job with creating interesting female characters. But the movie industry is very retarded! Very same-same.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:51

A miscomprehension is that we, the audience, are happy with that. ”She’s strong!” News flash! We’re not. We like COMPLEX female characters.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:47

Oh, so she’s strong!? Like, super sexy of course, and she can’t kick ass as well as the male protagonist and she STILL needs to be saved?

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:47

Film people often say “Okay there’s only one woman in our film/series but it’s a STRONG woman! She kicks ass! Be grateful everyone!”

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:46

We love Saga (she’s a cop) because she’s a very original character. Clever and strong, yes, but also hilarious! (and quite bonkers)

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 14:45

It seems like you really love the TV show Bron! Part of it because of Saga right? Excellent. Let’s talk female protagonists!*clears throat*

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 10:25

It was so good actually, there’s an American version, ”The Bridge” and a British version, ”The Tunnel”.
I prefer the Swedish one!

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 10:15

However! An editor cooly told me once when I was upset about some changes in one of my scripts: ”Write Bron. THEN you can have opinions”.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:52

No 3 is easy. I don’t have kids. I don’t find ”crazy things” coming from kids mouths adorable or funny. However, I DO have an adorable dog..

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:51

No 2 is even harder. I just came home from NYC after living there since February…and I DID have the most amazing time…

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:50

No1 is hard. I had a dream about vampire sI actually would like to talk to you about.But NO because its’ boring listening to peoples dreams.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:49

1. Dreams
2. ”What a good time I had in New York, you can really be YOURSELF”
3. The darndest things kids say.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:48

I’ve declared a vow not to ever EVER talk about the three most boring things there are in this world. You know them, but I’ll repeat them:

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:36

(Ingredients in the very kid-inappropriate Solstollarna: Bikini clad boobs. Danish pastry. A weird secretary called Ulla-Bella.)

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:35

Other favorite topics I’ll tweet about: Vegetarian Drinking games, the Bechdel Test and the 80’s Swedish children’s TV show “Solstollarna”.

@Sweden juli 21, 2014 09:35

This week I will be talking LOADS about TV – I’m a screenwriter, TV critic and I’ve been working in TV for 10 or so years.