Children's Island (film)

Children's Island
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Kay Pollak
Produced by Bengt Forslund
Written by Kay Pollak
Based on Children's Island by
P. C. Jersild
Starring Thomas Fryk
Ingvar Hirdwall
Music by Jean-Michel Jarre
Cinematography Roland Sterner
Edited by Thomas Holéwa
Distributed by Svensk Filmindustri
Release date
  • 25 December 1980 (1980-12-25) (Sweden)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Children's Island (Swedish: Barnens ö) is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 25 December 1980,[1] directed by Kay Pollak, starring Thomas Fryk and Ingvar Hirdwall. It is based on the novel of the same name by P. C. Jersild. Filming took place between July and October 1979. It won Sweden's most prestigious film prize, the Guldbagge, when it was released in 1980 and was Sweden's official selection for the 54th Academy Awards. The film became controversial in Australia, being banned in 2014, over thirty years after its original release.[2]


The story is set in Stockholm where 11-year-old Reine is on the verge of puberty and afraid of sexual maturity. He lives in a suburb with his single mother who sends him to one of the traditional Swedish summer camps which were common at the time of the setting and were managed by the cities for children in need of visiting the countryside. The title of the film refers to an island that is home to many such camps. His mother then vacations on her own, but in fact Reine never goes to the camp. Instead he spends the summer exploring the city of Stockholm on his own, where he meets several strange adults.



The movie was Kay Pollak's first commercial success, and won the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Hirdwall) at the 17th Guldbagge Awards.[3] In 1981 it was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival.[4] The film was also selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 54th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Barnens ö" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Database. 25 December 1980. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Australia bans award-winning Swedish film Children's Island over child porn concerns The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Barnens ö (1980)". Swedish Film Institute. 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ " Awards for Children's Island". Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  5. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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