Head of communications, Documentary film director, Producer

Staffan Julén

Telephone: +46 73 509 92 15

Staffan Julén

Head of communications, Documentary film director, Producer

I am Head of communications at the Institute for Futures Studies and since February 2018, I have also been working on a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council, called ”The worst lie is the documentary – what role does the subjective documentary film have in a post-truth era?” where I examine how artistic subjective narration can develop the documentary film. The study is based on over 90 hours of interviews that I, together with Svetlana Aleksijevitj, have gathered for our feature length movie ”LYUBOV – love in Russian” (”LYUBOV – kärlek på ryska”).

I started my path as a film maker as an assistant to Roy Andersson in the beginning of the 80s. Since 1983 I have directed and produced eight internationally awarded documentary films and a number of TV-documentaries.

I have been working as a freelancer and have been initiating my own projects throughout all of my professional career. One exception of this is when I, for a couple of years around the year 2000, worked with so called new media as head of production at Bonnier Kunskap.

Three recently published works: 

Three frequently cited works :

  • ”Nya Moderaterna – sagan om det nya arbetarpartiet” (”The new Moderate Party – the story of a new labour party”), SVT April 8 and 9 2015
    2*58 min, Tv-documentary.
    A group of young people drive a blue revolution in a way that almost anyone would have previously deemed impossible. Starting with the defeat of the Moderate Party in the parliamentary elections in 2002, the movie described what has been described as an unlikely success story. Others may describe it as a nightmarish time with a lack of decisiveness and any clarity in communication on behalf of the labour movement.

View part 1 of: Nya Moderaterna - sagan om det nya arbetarpartiet: förvandlingen
View part 2 of: Nya Moderaterna - sagan om det nya arbetarpartiet: förvaltningen

  • "Women like you make a man impotent", 58 min, K Special , May 2014.
    The story of Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss – one of Sweden’s most influential scenographers – is also the story of a woman who throughout her life has found herself in the centre of many main events. Gunilla’s life is a 20th century story about a strong and uncompromisable working woman who often has to fight her self out of the shadows of international names such as Peter Weiss, Ingmar Bergman and Peter Brook. But it is also a story of an artist that is able to combine noteworthy efforts both on the barricades and in the gold plated art venues.

 View: : Kvinnor som du gör en man impotent

  • "The Prize of the Pole", feature length documentary, 2007.
    The film is still on place 4 on SFI:s index over all Swedish feature length movies since 2007.

    View: The Prize of the Pole