Bad Circumstances

Max Kestner, Denmark, 2018

58 min.DK/Documentary

The film freely imagines what happened during the mythical Denmark Expedition 1906-08 to The Northeast of Greenland. The indomitable amateur detective Steffen Holberg is determined to uncover the truth about the expedition: What were the circumstances that led to the tragic deaths of Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen, Niels Peter Høeg Hagen and Jørgen Brønlund? Was there more at stake in the expedition than two missing bodies? In his search for answers, Holberg goes on a voyage of discovery into the state archives, seeking help from experts, modern scanning technology and old-fashioned handwriting analysis. In the rugged terrain between reality and myth, past is interwoven with present into a larger tale about the human zeal to map new lands, gain new knowledge and create meaning in the apparent meaninglessness of human life.
Basic information Credits
Original title Slette omstændigheder
Danish title Slette omstændigheder
Keywords Greenland, Polar expeditions, Denmark Expedition, 1900-1909
Director Max Kestner
Screenplay Max Kestner, Henrik Veileborg
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Director of Photography Max Kestner
Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Flemming Nordkrog
Appearance Steffen Holberg, Jens Erik Schultz, Jan Juel-Brockdorff, Anny Graae Bennike
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales Upfront Films
Online release 11.09.2018, Filmcentralen
Comment Max Kestner has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries such as Max by Chance (2004), Blue Collar White Christmas (2004), Dreams in Copenhagen (2009) and Amateurs in Space (2016). He made his feature fiction debut with Man Divided (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
Download PDF


Production company
Executive Producer Upfront Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with DR 2
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Max Kestner


Screenplay Max Kestner
Screenplay Henrik Veileborg


Producer Henrik Veileborg
Post-production assistant Martin Munck Schmidt
Post-production assistant Frederik Marbell
Post-production assistant Thomas Irving
Post-production assistant Sebastian Anton Munk


Cinematographer Max Kestner


Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Editor/grader Anders V. Christensen


Composer Flemming Nordkrog


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
B-sound designer Jacques Pedersen
Sound assistant Mikkel Nielsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Animator Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Grading Anders V. Christensen
Grading Ricco Højland Hansen


Appearance Steffen Holberg
Appearance Jens Erik Schultz
Appearance Jan Juel-Brockdorff
Appearance Anny Graae Bennike
Appearance Jørgen Bohus
Appearance Jesper Kurt Nielsen
Appearance Michael Lerche Nielsen
Appearance Niels Frandsen

Download PDF