The Referee

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The Referee (Swedish: Rättskiparen) is a 2010 Swedish critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary film produced by Freedom From Choice AB and Sveriges Television about Swedish top football referee Martin Hansson and his controversial journey to... read more

The Referee (Swedish: Rättskiparen) is a 2010 Swedish critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary film produced by Freedom From Choice AB and Sveriges Television about Swedish top football referee Martin Hansson and his controversial journey to ref at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The filmmakers Mattias Löw, Valentina Santi Löw and Orvar Anklew decided to follow the former firefighter from the village of Holmsjö in Blekinge, southern Sweden for a year that turned out to be the most dramatic in Martin Hansson's life. The film features French football player Thierry Henry, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Arsenal F.C. manager Arsène Wenger, former football star Pelé, Swedish Football Association, Swedish top coaches Janne Andersson and Mikael Stahre in addition to referee boss Bo Karlsson and acclaimed journalist and author Erik Niva.

Original Release

06/03/2010

Cast

Martin Hansson Himself
Janne Andersson Himself
Sepp Blatter Himself (archive footage)
Birgit Hansson Herself
Thierry Henry Himself (archive footage)
Holmsjöborna Themselves
Bo Karlsson Himself
Mattias Löw Himself (voice)
Erik Niva Himself
Pelé Himself (archive footage)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mattias Löw

Writers

Mattias Löw, Orvar Anklew, Valentina Santi Löw

Cast

Martin Hansson Himself
Janne Andersson Himself
Sepp Blatter Himself (archive footage)
Birgit Hansson Herself
Thierry Henry Himself (archive footage)
Holmsjöborna Themselves
Bo Karlsson Himself
Mattias Löw Himself (voice)
Erik Niva Himself
Pelé Himself (archive footage)
Mikael Stahre Himself
Arsène Wenger Himself (archive footage)
Stefan Wittberg Himself

Producers

Otto Fagerstedt Executive Producer
Ingemar Persson Executive Producer
Mattias Löw Producer
Valentina Santi Löw Producer
Orvar Anklew Producer

Editors

Orvar Anklew

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