In Search of Wallander

November 13, 2017

Back in 2008 I met composer Martin Phipps at a party where I was performing. A few days later he called to ask if I would go to his studio to record a new version of my song Nostalgia for use as the theme to a detective series he was working on. Of course I said yes! That series turned out to be the BBC’s version of Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.

I became an avid fan of the series, but it wasn’t until I was touring in Sweden several years later that I had an opportunity to visit Ystad, the Swedish town that is the setting for Henning Mankell’s Wallander novels, and where Kenneth Branagh’s series was filmed.

I found myself with a few days off from the tour and decided to make my way down to Ystad to see if I could find some of the locations that were used, and perhaps film a new video for the Wallander version of the song. The trip took a dark turn in to the sort of mystery that Kurt Wallander could have been called in to solve…

Directed, filmed and edited by Pencil Quincy
Additional direction and filming by Emily Barker
Locations management – Ian S Bolton

Emily Barker as herself
Christian, Terese and Scout Kjellvander as confused locals
Ian S Bolton as the helpful fan

Thank you to:
Ystad Studios and all the people who helped with the various locations