Uno HELMERSSON – composer (Sweden, Denmark)

Uno Helmersson is an award-winning Swedish composer whose credits include the worldwide hit tv series The Bridge, broadcast in more than 100 territories, and for which he was awarded a Golden FIPA. 

2020 started with a bang with The Painter and the Thief winning the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award For Creative Storytelling at Sundance 2020.  Premiered in the USA in May, and with the release of the soundtrack album, here are some of the latest reviews for the film

“Incredible. The cinematic equivalent of a cubist portrait”
“One of the year’s most affecting and subtly radical movie experiences.”

He’s also been commissioned to score a BBC documentary called Riots, which will have tons of music.

2019 was busy and included scoring an award-winning English documentary,  On The President’s Orders, produced by Moongoose Pictures and Frontline.  It won Best UK Feature Award at the Raindance festival in September 2019. On the inside of a military dictatorship, the compelling film takes an inside look at the ongoing, controversial drug war in the Philippines.  Other major credits include the Emmy–winning Armadillo documentary series following a group of Danish soldiers for 6 months in Afghanistan; Magnus, about the life of Norway’s Mozart of Chess directed by Benjamin Ree for Norway’s Moskus Film; Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, (additional score); Mikkei Norgaard’s The Absent One; and Zentropa’s Department Q series.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Uno started his professional life as assistant to Johan Soderqvist, one of Scandinavia’s leading composers, working with him on the multi-award-winning BAFTA-nominated Let the Right One In; Recorded Picture Company’s Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki; Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun; Love And Rage; Bettina Oberil’s The Murder Farm; Mirmar Film’s Together; Second Chance; and Erik Poppe’s Troubled Water. Working with Johan was hugely beneficial in developing Uno’s skills as a composer and they later worked together as co-composers on a number of projects including Zentropa’s The Absent One and Pelle Hybbinette’s Behind Bron;

Uno’s other credits include Jordan Bayne’s award-winning US indie movie The Sea Is All I know and Vibeke Idsoe’s  Norwegian feature Løvekvinnen. He’s scored several shorts including Happy Tears, starring Alan Cummings and Chance of Rain both for Berlin’s FilmGym;  Bobbi Jene for director Elvira Lind; Kiruna-Kigali for director Goran Kapetanovic; Lee Cronin’s Irish adventure Bill & Chuck and the fantasy Through the Night; the drama Before You Hit The Ground; and Jerker Josefsson’s Virus.

He has worked on some major award-winning documentaries including  Bobbi Jene; Mads Ellesoe’s The Child Soldier’s New Job; Michael Graversen’s Dreaming of Denmark; Nanna Frank Mollers’ A Civilized Country; December Film’s 1,2,3, Dance and Macbeth: Det Rode Rum.

Uno’s IMDb page

Uno’s soundcloud

Uno’s website