Henning Mankell’s novels have been adapted for both tv and cinematic production in Sweden as well as abroad. The novels The Man From Beijing and Kennedy’s Brain were adapted and produced by the German tv-channel ARD and have been broadcasted in Germany.
The Wallander series have also been adapted for tv and cinema; actors Krister Henriksson, Rolf Lassgård and Kennet Branagh have all portrayed Wallander. The Swedish actor Krister Henriksson has starred in more than 25 Wallander episodes and in 2013 he again played the role of Wallander in The Troubled Man. The Swedish Wallander movies have been embraced by the English speaking audience, and when The Revenge, starring Krister Henriksson, was released in the USA the movie received excellent reviews.
The BBC’s British adaption of Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role, has rendered great success globally, acclaimed by both critics and the general audience. The series have won several BAFTA awards, including one for leading actor in 2010 for Kenneth Branagh.
The Swedish movies portraying inspector Kurt Wallander have been filmed on several occasions. Wallander has been portrayed by Krister Henriksson, Rolf Lassgård and Gustaf Skarsgård (The Pyramide). Rolf Lassgård played Wallander in the first adapted screen plays and participated in a total of nine Wallander films between 1994 and 2007.
Krister Henriksson might be the Swedish actor who knows Wallander most intimately. Henriksson has played the title role as the grumpy but upright detective in approximately thirty films, several of them specially authored by Mankell and directly adapted for the screen. In 2013, Krister Henriksson is again the man of the moment as Wallander in The Troubled Man, one out of six new Wallander movies currently produced by the production company Yellow Bird.
The Swedish Wallander films have also been broadcasted in England on BBC 4 and in the US where all were well received by the English speaking audience. When the Wallander movie The Revenge premiered in the US in the spring of 2012 it received the review ”one of this year’s best and most provocative thrillers” by film critic Roger Ebert.
The BBC adaptation of Wallander starring actor Kenneth Branagh in the title role has made Wallander known to more and more British viewers. The series, filmed on location in Skåne in the south of Sweden, is split in three seasons and nine episodes in total. The third season was broadcasted by the BBC in the summer of 2012 and contains the episode An Event in Autumn, based on the Wallander novel The Grave that until now has only been exclusively published in the Netherlands.
At the 2009 BAFTA TV Awards, Wallander won the prize for best Drama Series and in 2010, Kenneth Branagh was awarded a BAFTA for best Leading Actor. Wallander also won the prize for Sound Fiction at the BAFTA TV craft awards the same year. The films have been sold to more than fourteen countries including the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands.