Reinhold Pettersson

6.30 min

The video is shot at the Red Mill movie theatre in Borås, Sweden and consists of still video images of the cinemas interior and exterior.

Reinhold Pettersson (1874-1953) worked there as a cinema usher in the 1910s. He was my grandmother's father. The project started with questions about him, who he was, where he had worked. I was interested in what can be found about a person, long after they're gone. What is facts and what is speculation. 

The video mixes the personal story of Reinhold with the history of the movie theatre.

Link to the video on Borås municipality website.

Sigrid Holmquist

21 min

During the process of making the video Reinhold Pettersson I asked myself similar questions about his niece Sigrid Holmquist (1899-1970), who had become somewhat of a legend in the family since she was a silent film actress.

The video tells Sigrid Holmquist's story by using the silent film medium. It consists of already existing silent film clips from the 1910s and 20s. Sigrid is played by eight different stars from her era, and she also plays herself. She was born in Borås, Sweden and she became a movie star, first in Scandinavia and later in Hollywood, before retiring from the movies in 1926.

While searching for info on her life, I encountered sources who sometimes told different, contradictory versions of a story. This is included in the video, were at several occasions the intertitle says: "Here there are two different versions of the story that follow."