Renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund has made his mark with his distinctive storytelling and visually driven signature style that often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. He is an internationally awarded director of music videos, commercials, documentaries, stage shows and feature films.
Jonas’ music videos have earned him several Grammy Awards, an Icon Award, MTV Video Music Awards (including Best Director) and the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award including an MVPA win for the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Jonas recently received his third Grammy award for Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses.” He has directed music videos for the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5 to name a few. Jonas’ current music videos include “Magic” for Coldplay, “Haunted” and “Superpower” for Beyoncé, “Doom And Gloom” for The Rolling Stones and “The Daylight Project” for Maroon 5.
Jonas’ commercial work has earned ADDY, Cannes Gold Lion and Grand Prix Awards. He has directed commercials for the likes of Lexus, Cadillac, Dior, Hugo Boss, Sony, Crest, Avon, Dell, Volkswagen, Virgin, Coca-Cola, Smirnoff, IKEA, Panasonic, Adidas, Beyoncé for o2 and H&M, amongst others.
“Small Apartments” starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, amongst other prominent actors, is Jonas’ most recent feature film. His first film, “Spun,” starring Jason Schwartzmann, the late Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari and Mickey Rourke, has garnered a cult following since its initial release. He also directed “Horsemen,” starring Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi. Additionally, Jonas has directed several documentaries and short films ranging on subjects of anti-racism—“Behind Enemy Lines,” and anti-drugs—“Try,” to the award-winning documentaries about Madonna, “I Am Going To Tell You A Secret” and “The Confessions Tour.”
With a love of the arts, Jonas endeavors to explore all facets and mediums in the art world. His art projects have been exhibited in Frankfurt, Seoul and Stockholm. He also created and directed a circus in Stockholm. His still photography has been featured on numerous album covers as well as magazines such as V magazine, Elle, The Face and Flair, and to name a few. Jonas directed “Place,” featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna for television, made an introduction film “Abba World” dedicated to the famous Swedish pop group Abba and collaborated with well known artist Francesco Vezzoli to direct “Moca,” a film about the musical held at the Los Angeles Moca museum’s 30th anniversary which featured Lady Gaga and the Ballet Russo.