Drama series inspired by my own youth – started to cry

The year is 2001, we are in Sarpsborg and 17-year-old “Tommy” has to give up his football dream after a knee injury.

“TOMMY”: Kristian Repshus (22) plays the character “Tommy” in Kids in Crime. Photo: Einar Film Drama

Since at this time there is not too much to do as a young person in Sarpsborg, the life of “Tommy” takes a complete turn and he ends up on a side track with drugs and crime.

On Friday, the new drama series, Kids in crime, premieres on TV 2 Play, where the main character “Tommy” reflects Kenneth Karlstad’s (38) troubled youth.

The series offers both humor and excitement, in addition to the challenges of the tough youth environment in the city.

SERIES CREATOR: The inspiration for the new drama series comes from Kenneth Karlstad's own experiences.  Photo: Jan-Petter Dahl / TV 2

SERIES CREATOR: The inspiration for the new drama series comes from Kenneth Karlstad’s own experiences. Photo: Jan-Petter Dahl / TV 2

– A very painful scene

Kenneth Karlstad – the 38-year-old film director from Sarpsborg sat on “nach after nach” and told his friends about stories from his own life. Many were shocked by what he told, and therefore he felt that it was a nerve worth telling about.

– I felt like an old uncle who sat and told robber stories, the series creator told TV 2 when we met him with the rest of the actors.

One of the scenes in the series deals with the moment when the mother of “Tommy” catches her son getting high.

– It’s a very painful scene – a memory that both me and my mother have, and suddenly I’m going to see two wonderful actors perform that scene, says Karlstad, and continues:

– Then I started to cry. It’s surreal to recreate something exactly as it happened.

RECREATING THE MOMENT: In episode two,

RECREATING THE MOMENT: In episode two, “Tommy’s” mother catches him getting high – a very painful scene, according to the series creator. Photo: Kids in Crime / Einar Film Drama

Karlstad says that there are certain scenes that recreate situations from his own life, but that this does not apply to the entire series.

See the interview with Karlstad about the inspiration for the series at the top of the issue.

Moved out as an 18-year-old

– Episodes one to four show a lot of what happened to me as a teenager, says Karlstad.

Although the series is based on several of Karlstad’s experiences and actions, he clarifies that the characters play out the individual events beyond what he himself and his friends did at the time. Things that “Tommy” does in the series are not necessarily done by him himself.

One of the events that is filmed exactly as it happened is the moment where Karlstad suffered a knee injury and had to give up his football dream – and the problems only got bigger and more numerous.

– After I was caught intoxicated, I had to do several urine tests, Karlstad tells of his youth, and continues:

– In the end, I chose to move out as an 18-year-old.

FAMOUS FACES: These famous faces appear in the series - actors Lea Myren (21) and Jakob Oftebro (36).  Photo: Einar Film Drama

FAMOUS FACES: These famous faces appear in the series – actors Lea Myren (21) and Jakob Oftebro (36). Photo: Einar Film Drama

All the characters are inspired by friends of both Karlstad and Audun Fagervold Hansen, with whom Karlstad has written the series.

– Even though there was a lot of pain that happened, it is a time that we value and that has shaped us, says Karlstad.

Entertainment first and foremost

There are two things in particular that Karlstad believes viewers can expect when Kids in Crime comes to the screen.

– A good dose of entertainment and madness.

Despite the fact that the series addresses serious themes, the entertainment factor is important to the series creator.

– The theme and the message can rather sneak in through the entertainment. Viewers can expect an energy bomb from a series.

Kids in crime premieres on TV 2 Play Friday 25 November.

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