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People in Film | Tomas Alfredson
Posted October 14, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Tomas Alfredson"
From absurdist comedy to social commentary musicals, from teen horror to scintillating spy dramas, Tomas Alfredson is a director who truly defies limitations of genre.
Tomas Alfredson | From a Filmmaking Family
The Alfredsons: Daniel, Hans “Hasse” and Tomas
Though non-Scandinavian audiences likely only know self-professed “non-horror director” Tomas Alfredson from his previous film, the 2008 brilliantly unconventional vampire movie LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, the filmmaker is pretty much showbiz royalty back in his native country. The son of comedic actor-writer-director Hans “Hasse” Alfredson, an iconic figure in Sweden, Alfredson grew up in the entertainment industry, and appeared in his father's films almost as soon as he could talk. Alfredson admitted in Twitch.com that “I grew up on different movie sets since I was a baby. Watching him [Hans “Hasse” Alfredson] and his colleagues work was my university.” The movie-making spirit first hit his brother Daniel Alfredson, who also became a movie director, helming the 2009 Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson's novels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. But while film was in his blood, it was not his first ambition. He told Bright Lights, “I was a drummer for ten years and I was so-so. Dreaming of being a rock star is tough when nobody wants to listen.”