Alexander Skarsgard Film ‘Beyond the Pole’ Receives Positive Reviews

January 12, 2010 by  

Showing yet again how diverse an actor he is, Alexander Skarsgard recently played a gay Norwegian environmentalist in the Arctic-set mockumentary, Beyond the Pole. The UK indie film, produced by Shooting Pictures in association with Polite Storm, was praised by Variety for bringing “a breath of satirical fresh air” to the issue of global warming.

Directed by David L. Williams, the script was adapted from a radio series by Paul Barnhill and Neil Warhurst. The story follows two British amateur documentarians played by Stephen Mangan and Rhys Thomas as they try to save the planet by being the first carbon-neutral, organic, vegetarian team to walk to the North Pole. A few weeks into their journey, they run into a couple of gay Norwegians (Alexander Skarsgard and Lars Arentz-Hansen) trying to accomplish the same thing. The expedition becomes dangerous and chaotic, but there is “a comically cherishable twist at the end when all seems hopeless.”

The film will be featured at the 2010 San Francisco IndieFest, February 5th at 9:30pm and Sunday, February 7th at 2:45pm at the Roxie Theater.  We have been told that there is the possibility that Alex might be attending along with director David L. Williams.


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