There’s No Such Thing as Danish Humour

Danish Comedy films, it seems to be an exception, but they really do exist. Fact is we don’t see these more mainstream and light/ease movies in cinemas in the rest of Europe. The rest of Europe, or maybe the world, is familiar with the profound dramatic art house films like Jagten or Festen or with series as Borgen and Forbrydelsen/The Killing. Danish movies and series seem to be equivalent about deeply dark drama (Nordic Noir), Nordic black humour, feelings of depressions and mourning, and always dealing with topics like incest, alcohol problems or brutal . . .


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Birgit De Bruin

Birgit de Bruin is a Masters student Media Studies and Art Policy and Art Management at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Currently she is completing research why Danish drama series are so popular in Europe. Birgit is interested in representation of Danish culture, gender and also in writing and production processes of Danish public service television drama. Birgit’s previous work is mainly about representation of gender or cultural minorities in Dutch television series from the Dutch public broadcaster NPO. Furthermore has Birgit a broad interest in culture and media policy of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the European Union.