Carmen Curlers – Danish industrial adventure coming to the screen
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Instead of Mikael Persbrandt, Danish director Kathrine Windfeld, who most recently made the Swedish thriller Hamilton – In the Interest of the Nation, will have electric hair rollers in the lead
Carmen Curlers – a 1960s’ Danish industrial adventure – will become a feature film by Danish director Kathrine Windfeld (photo), who most recently signed the Swedish thriller Agent Hamilton – In the Interest of the Nation [+see also:
film profile] (2012) and now will replace Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt by electrically-heated hair rollers.
The new papillottes was invented by a Danish engineer, Niels Chr Jørgensen, but nobody believed in it until a radio dealer in Kalundborg, Sealand - Arne Bybjerg – invested all he had in setting up a small factory to produce the new miracle curlers.
Worldwide demand exploded, at Bybjerg built a new plant in 1964, which at its height had 3,500 employées, primarily women, who were transported to Kalundborg by buses from all over Sealand. In 1960 he sold the company to US Clairol cosmetics, which had in 1988 produced one billion hair rollers.
When Carmen Curlers closed in 1990, they were still in use and as efficient as ever, but hair fashions had changed, which will all be in the screenplay by Danish writer Mette Heeno, who previously scripted Park Road – The Movie [+see also:
film profile] (2012) and The Escape (2009).
Windfeld, who most recently directed episodes for the Danish DR television series The Killing, will start the shoot early next year for Danish producers Mads Peter Ole Olesen and Mie Andreasen, of Happy Ending Film, and Scandinavian distributor Scanbox Entertainment’s production shingle.
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