In 2016, Australian director Emma Sullivan embarked on a documentary about inventor Peter Madsen's workshop in Copenhagen and his attempt to become the first amateur astronaut in space. However, one year into the shooting, the events took a dramatic turn when Madsen killed Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine.
Now, Sullivan is ready with her debut feature documentary 'Into the Deep', which will be making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, running as one of twelve international titles in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Broad release will be on Netflix during 2020.
In the film, we follow the workshop's young helpers, witnessing their journey from before the crime to the painful realisation of Madsen's true nature, having to face the fact that the man they trusted had abused their confidence.
Producer Mette Heide from Plus Pictures is behind such international doc features as Lauren Greenfield's Sundance winner 'The Queen of Versailles' and Emmy nominee 'Amanda Knox'. Among Heide's most recent films is Danish director Anders Østergaard's 'Winter Journey', which world-premiered at IDFA last month.
Other key members of the team are Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Lars Skree and Cam Matheson on cinematography, Henrik Gugge Garnov on sound design, Joe Beshenkovsky on editing and James Marsh as executive producer.
Danish creatives are aboard Amanda Kernell's Swedish-Danish 'Charter', selected for Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Co-producer is Tomas Radoor from Nordisk Film, Anders Skov is editor and Kristian Eidnes Andersen the film's composer. all three continuing their collaboration with Kernell from her acclaimed debut feature 'Same Blood'.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from 23 January to 2 February in Park City, Utah, USA. See more at sundance.org.
Danish films have made their mark on the Sundance Film Festival over the past decades. See more in the overview of Danish films at Sundance.