THE KING AND THE CROOK
DOCUMENTARY l 2015 l FINISHED FILM
Original title: Gulosten
Length: 55 min
Director: Fredrik Horn Akselsen
Producer: Christian Falch
DOP: Viggo Knudsen
Editor: Robert Stensgård
Narration: Ane Dahl Torp
Financed by: NRK, Midtnorsk Filmsenter, Fritt
Ord, Vestfold Fylkeskommune and the
Norwegian Film Institute
Sales Agent: Espresso Media International
Selected Festivals: Kosmorama International Film
Festival, Den norske dokumentarfilmfestivalen i Volda,
West Nordic International Film Festival, The Norwegian
Short and Documentary film festival in Grimstad
Nominated best Norwegian documentary.
“The King and the crook” is a film about the gangster John Andersen, known as “The Cheese”, who became friends with Haakon VII, the King of Norway, during World War II.
Johannes Andersen was in the 1920s and 30s the most notorious criminal in Norway, but through extraordinary historical and personal coincidences during WWII, he ended up as a personal friend of Haakon VII, the King of Norway.
The documentary raises the question: How could a notorious criminal like “The Cheese” get away with murder? How could he end up being protected by the King and parliament after the war, and even get a timber factory as a gift from the King of Norway, after killing two defenseless people in peacetime?