The Anglo-Danish Society

An Exploration of Nordic Noir - 28 September 2023 3.30pm

An Exploration of Nordic Noir – A Talk By Pauliina Stahlberg

Thursday 28 September 2023 at 3.30pm in the Community Hall, St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AF 

The event is organised and hosted jointly with the Anglo-Finnish Society.

“Nordic Noir” is a crime fiction genre that applies to a type of literature and film or TV drama characterised by plain language, unassuming lead personalities and bleak settings. However, this superficially uninspiring mix has, arguably, led to one of the Nordic region’s greatest cultural exports, appealing to audiences around the world and inspiring  copyists in many other countries.

Our speaker, Producer Pauliina Ståhlberg, will describe the genre, provide a brief history, share her views on its impact and influence and her thoughts on how it might develop in the future. Her words will be complemented by clips from a selection of Danish, Finnish and other Nordic Noir dramas. She will also share first-hand experiences from the making of the series Deadwind (Karppi) for Netflix. 

About our Speaker

Pauliina is a highly respected broadcast media professional now working in cultural export. She has experience of all aspects of media production from feature films to documentaries, from live television to Nordic Noir series.  During her career, she has been scriptwriter, producer and director for both national and independent companies including Finland´s National Broadcasting Company (Yle), the BBC, Discovery Channel and Arte. 

Between 2018 and 2020, Pauliina worked as a Producer at Dionysos Films, producing the second and third (and final) seasons of the Nordic Noir series Karppi (Deadwind in English) which can be seen on Netflix worldwide.  

Following that success, Pauliina is now developing a Nordic Noir-inspired thriller feature film set in London with the English production company Pinball London. It is based on the book ‘A Gift to my Mother’ by Jouko Heikura (Gummerus 2020) that has not yet been translated into English. 

She has been based in Spain since 2021 where she is the Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, having previously been the Director of the Finnish Institute in London (2015-2018) where her mission was to develop cultural exchange between the UK and Finland.

Tickets are £7.50 per person and include coffee, tea and biscuits at the event. Grateful if you could sign up via e-mail to by Thursday, 21 September 2023.

Please note that payments should be made by bank transfer to our account: Sort Code: 55-70-13, account number: 78325285. Please use your name and the event as references for your payment.

Please also note that this event is for members of the Anglo-Danish Society, the Anglo-Finnish Society and their guests.

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