The Mauritz auditorium at the Film House was well attended when Swedish television aired the upcoming documentary about Astrid Lindgren’s life in a press preview on Thursday afternoon. Three one-hour programs were shown in a row, and members of the Astrid Lindgren family were present to answer questions from the journalists. The documentary makes it clear that there are traces of Astrid’s private life and what was happening in the world during her lifetime, 1907-2002, in her stories.
Behind the documentary is director Kristina Lindström, who previously has made a documentary about the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.
– What surprised me the most is the fact that she constantly is so incredibly near the important issues of the time, much of it is eerily up to date today, and furthermore, how strong she was marked by what happened when she was 18 and became pregnant. And as she said: “I had not become a great writer unless this thing with Lasse had happened”, says Kristina Lindström in an interview with Isak Klasson from Swedish Television.
Astrid Lindgren grows up in a religious home in the countryside, becomes pregnant with the already married chief editor of the local newspaper where she works. A scandal. She gives birth to her son Lasse, who get to stay in foster care the first years.
– This is really a women’s history, says Kristina Lindström. In many ways she represents women’s history during a century in Sweden. She became a person that the Swedish people regarded as the image of a precept, showing people how things should be done: “This is to do good, this is to do right”, while she in her own life did things that were not right according to convention.
Kristina Lindström has made thorough research with the help of rich archive material, private photos, films, diaries and correspondence. The so-called war diaries dated back to the Second World War, written by Astrid as a young mother not yet being a world famous author, will be published by Salikon publishing house during 2015.
The documentary about Astrid Lindgren’s life will be screened by Swedish Television on SVT1 December 25, December 28 and January 1st.