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, concert films, stage shows and feature films.
Jonas’s music videos have earned him several Grammy Awards, an Icon Award, MTV Video Music Awards, the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award including an MVPA win for the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and, a UK Music Video Award for best concert film (Rammstein: Paris). Jonas received his third Grammy award for Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses,” and his contribution to Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade” earned an Emmy and Grammy nomination. His other concert films include the both Emmy- and Grammy -nominated Beyoncé & Jay-Z – On the run (HBO) and Taylor Swift’s The 1989 World Tour Live (Apple TV.)
He has directed music videos for top artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5 to name a few. Jonas’s recent music videos include Madonna’s “God Control,” Fergie’s ”A Little Work,” Queens of The Stone Age’s ”The Way You Used To Do,” U2’s ”You’re The Best Thing About Me” and Kesha’s ”Praying.”
He has directed commercials for the likes of Dior, Hugo Boss, Sony, Crest, Avon, Dell, Volkswagen, Virgin, Coca Cola, Smirnoff, Ikea, Panasonic, Adidas, Beyoncé for o2 and H&M, amongst others. And his commercial work has earned Addy, Cannes Gold Lion and Cannes Grand Prix Awards.
His latest projects include the Netflix feature films Polar, adapted from the action-thriller comic series of the same name, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Vanessa Hudgens; and Lords of Chaos starring Emory Cohen, Rory Culkin, Jack Kilmer and Sky Ferreira premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2018. His other films include Small Apartments, starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, and James Caan; Spun, starring Jason Schwartzmann, the late Britany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari and Mickey Rourke, which has garnered a cult following since its initial release; and 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.