How we got our neighbours

Lasse Spang Olsen, Denmark, 1993

35 min.DK/Short fictionChildren's films

When you live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, you hardly believe your own ears when you are invited on a pirate expedition, and when the whole family change into pirates, you have to rub your eyes. And when you enter a pirate vessel with some very strange golddiggers and kidnap the crew, it is almost unbelievable that these prisoners one day become quite ordinary neighbours in a quite ordinary house in a quite ordinary street. Lasse Spang Olsen has made a modern fairytale film for children based on his father Ib Spang Olsen's book.
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Original title Hvordan vi fik vores naboer
Danish title Hvordan vi fik vores naboer
Keywords Family life, Spang Olsen, Ib, Neighbours, Pirates
Director Lasse Spang Olsen
Screenplay Ib Spang Olsen, Lasse Spang Olsen
Director of Photography Per Dreyer
Editor Birger Møller Jensen
Composer Fuzzy
Production designer Søren Skjær
Appearance Niels Olsen, Michelle Bjørn-Andersen, Birgitte Simonsen, Steen Svare
Production country Denmark
Production company Thura Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 26.03.1993
Cinemas Palads, BioTrio, Palads (Århus), Biocenter (Odense), Cinema Center (Herning), Bio (Hjørring), Palæ (Horsens)
TV release 08.02.1994, TV 2
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Thura Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Lasse Spang Olsen


Script Ib Spang Olsen
Script Lasse Spang Olsen


Cinematography Per Dreyer


Editing Birger Møller Jensen


Music Fuzzy


Production design Søren Skjær


Appearance Niels Olsen
Appearance Michelle Bjørn-Andersen
Appearance Birgitte Simonsen
Appearance Steen Svare
Appearance Morten Gundel

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