Welcome to Herdel.com

The adventure starts here…

Herdel.com is a modern film and TV-production company located in Copenhagen. With a running production of several movies, documentaries, TV-programmes etc.

Furthermore with more than 40 years in the film industry, executive producer Steen Herdel has produced several of the cornerstones of Danish cinema and been responsiblefor launching the careers of important directors such as Morten Arnfred, Niels Malmros, Bille August and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen.

Steen Herdel also produced Jørgen Leth’s acclaimed bike racing documentary feature “A Sunday in Hell” (1978) and Lasse Spang Olsen’ s action comedy “In China They Eat Dogs” (1999), which Variety compared to “Pulp Fiction” and “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”. An American remake is currently in negotiation.

 

Feature films

The feature film productions of Steen Herdel include “Leave us Alone” (1975), “The Double Man” (1976), “Could We Maybe” (1976), “Evening Land” (1977), “Boys” (1977), “Clark” (1977), North Sea Fishermen ” (1977), “The Marksman” (1977), “A Sunday in Hell” (1978), “You Are Not Alone” (1978), “Me and Charlie” (1978), “Honeymoon” (1978), “Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?” (1978), “Notebook on love” (1989), “In China They Eat Dogs” (1999) and”Better Off Dad” by Peter Ringaard (2003).

Awards

Awards for feature films produced by Steen Herdel include Best Film at the Bodil Awards for “Boys”; Best Film at the Bodil Awards for “Me and Charlie”; Best Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Bodil Awards for “Honeymoon”; the Audience Prize at the Lübeck Nordic Film Days for “Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?”; and the Audience Award at the Luxembourg International Film Festival as well as Best Special Effects at the Robert Festival for “In China they eat Dogs”.

Nominations

Nominations include the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for “Leave us alone”, the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival for “Evening Land ” and again for “Honeymoon”, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Make-Up at the Robert Awards for “In China they eat Dogs”. Steen Herdel also has a long list of awards for his exhausting production of documentaries.

 

Where is the boss

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A Springtime in Hell

A world known masterpiece showing again and again. The making of this incredible film is World Film history.

What’s up

Ongoing projects

“We survived”

10 people who were detained in KZ are telling their stories from the unique rescue mission during the last days of WW2 where the Nazis tried to eradicate the obvious signs of their cruelty. They were picked up by shabby white buses and brought safely back to Denmark

“Children Brides”

An anthropological study of the often discussed phenomena. We will visit cultures where it is common that young girls get married early as a tradition or sometimes for protection.

The soul of Greenland

58 min documentary.

Based on many years of especially anthropological research we are producing a film about what Greenland really is.

Behind the well-known romantic picture, we have been thoroughly researching all aspects. Where did The Inuit people originally come from?  How did they live?  Why can they so brilliantly survive under conditions that would kill most people?  How is their spiritual life? Why can no family or other groups survive there without a woman? What happened to non-Inuit people there – were they enemies or friends? What is so special about being Inuit. What is the future of Greenland – and many more aspects. This will be the film to answer all questions about this fantastic place on Earth.

“Dying to meet you” (working title)

Movie. Drama comedy about death.

What happens when you are told that you are going to die when you feel you have not even started to live yet. A 40 year old woman is sick from cancer, and the doctor tells the sad news to her.  In the movie she is fighting for life while the family have seen the end already. She does not want to go to a hospice “People are dying there – and I don’t want to die” – A Woody Allen-style story of life and death.  Release December 2022.

 

Danish doctors in WW2

Not many people know that Danish doctors played a crucial role during the war.

In one hospital alone were gathered 2000 Jews and transported to Sweden. Danish doctors worked on rescuing prisoners from the KZ camps – some even accepted to live along with the prisoners in the camps to make sure they could deliver the best possible treatment. Denmark is unique here and made sure that 80% of the Danes survived – compared to 20% from other countries.

Matriarchies

One hour documentary

The idea of a social order ruled by women – as opposed to the present one ruled by men – is a fascinating concept. Around the globe, there exist many societies with women in charge. How do these societies function?

  • Is there violence and if so, who are behind that violence?
  • How are people who make mistakes treated? Do they get shamed out or otherwise punished?
  • How are conflicts handled?
  • Are those societies characterised by competition – or do people contribute whatever they are  able to?
  • How are attacks from external forces dealt with?
  • How are children raised? And how do those people deal with a crying, unhappy child: Caressing and comforting, or is the child pushed away?
  • Who handles the economy?
  • How do hierarchies and other power structures function?
  • What happens when someone dies?
  • How do they look upon themselves as a society

The bells

The Bells of Copenhagen have their own special story.

 

The white busses - Movie

The wild history about the rescue of prisoners in German concentration camps during end of  WWII

The Foie Gras Mafia

One of the very big industries is threatened by green thinking and concerns of animal welfare. But this billion $ industry has found new ways and new locations to create its foie gras products. Some of these new schemes exist outside the control of NGO-organisations and of the EU.

Grundtvig

A portrait of one of Denmark’s greatest humanists. He influenced our way of thinking in regards to education, humanity, youth, Christianity and much more. One of the founders of Danish culture.

“N. F. S. Grundtvig was a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. He was one of the most influential people in Danish history, as his philosophy gave rise to a new form of nationalism in the last half of the 19th century. It was steeped in the national literature and supported by deep spirituality.” -Wikipedia

Gallery

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