For almost thirty years, Johan Bogaeus has written films for children (Christmas heroes, Children on Luna, Pelle No-Tail), romantic comedies (Just Bea, Gone with the woman) and crime (The Last Contract, Beck). He is obviously unfaithful when it comes to genre, and is also inconsequential whether he works with selfinitiated projects or ones that are presented to him. It is the quality of the individual project that matter: what the context around it looks like and what story is about to be told.

Is there a common thread in the stories that Johan Bogaeus write? Well, they are often about a character’s attempt to become true to, and stand up for, themselves. What this means is that the protagonist will face strong reactions from the people around them, either as supportive figures or obstacles. If you succeed in creating engaging characters with significant relationships, then you are well on your way to a good film story, and this is Johan Bogaeus signature.

He has often written for children and young audiences because he finds it incredibly rewarding. Everyone knows the importance of something you watch and get caught up in when you are young. That experience can remain with you throughout your life. And to be a part of that, as a screenwriter, is nothing short of fantastic.

What’s all this with lyrics and music? Yes, Johan Bogaeus understands that not all films should be made into musicals, and that some films should not include a single song. But since he likes to write lyrics so much, he always has ideas for stories where songs and music can play a significant role.


TBA, feature film, head writer


Feature films
2022 – BeckDeadlock (Beck – Dödläge), Filmlance
2021 – BeckRage room, Filmlance
2020 – BeckUndercover, Filmlance
2020 – Pelle No-tail (Pelle Svanslös), SF
2018 – BeckThe devils advocat (Beck- Djävulens advokat), Filmlance
2015 – Doctor Proctor: bubble in the bathtub (Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar), Maipo
2014 – Doctor Proctors fartpowder (Doktor Proktors prompepulver), Maipo
2006 – Gone with the woman (Tatt av kvinnen), Monster Film, with Petter Naess
2004 – Just Bea (Bare Bea), Maipo
2000 – A witch in our family (En häxa i familjen), based on the book by Ulf Stark, Filmlance
1999 – Star sisters (Stjärnsystrar), Filmlance
1998 – The last contract (Sista kontraktet), Filmlance, with Börje Hansson and Kjell Sundvall

2004 – Everything and more (Allt och lite till), SVT
2002 – Cleo, Tre Vänner
2002 – Children on the Luna (Barnen på Luna), SVT.
1999 – The Christmas heroes (Julens hjältar), christmas calender, SVT

2005 – Mentor, SFI
2001 – Rain ghosts (Regnspöken), SVT
1997 – Close contact (Närkontakt), DI
1997 – The Professionals (De professionella), DI
1996 – Euroboy, DI


2006 – Best feature film at Hollywood Discovery Award, Gone with the woman (Tatt av kvinnen)
2004 – Amanda-prisen for Best children’s or youth film, Just Bea (Bare Bea)
2002 – Best Television program – Live-Action, Chicago international childrens film festival. Children of the Luna (Barnen på Luna)
2002 – The Childrens jury Prize, 6-11 Fiction at Prix jeunesse international, Children of the Luna (Barnen på Luna)
2000 – The Childrens jury Prize at Lübeck nordic film days, A witch in our family (En häxa i familjen)


2015 – Amanda-prisen, Best children’s or youth film, Doctor Proctor: bubble in the bathtub (Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar)
2015 – Best film for children at the BUFF international film festival, Doctor Proctor: bubble in the bathtub (Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar)
2014 – Amanda-prisen, Best Children’s Film, Doctor Proctors fartpowder (Doktor Proktors pruttpulver)
2014 – The Audience Choice Award at Chicago International Film Festival, Doctor Proctors fartpowder (Doktor Proktors pruttpulver)
2006 – Amanda-prisen, Best screenplay, Gone with the woman (Tatt av kvinnen), with Petter Naess
1998 – The Grand Jury Prize at AFI fest, The last contract (Sista kontraktet)


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