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Tommy Wirkola

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Tommy Wirkola
Born (1979-12-06) 6 December 1979 (age 44)
Alta, Norway
EducationBond University
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, producer, actor

Tommy Wirkola (born 6 December 1979)[1] is a Norwegian film director and writer.


Wirkola is of Sami-Finnish ancestry.[2]

His first film was 2007's Kill Buljo, which he co-wrote with Stig Frode Henriksen.[3] They later made the 2009 horror comedy Dead Snow.[4] In 2010 they again collaborated on the film Kurt Josef Wagle and the Legend of the Fjord Witch.[5] In 2012 a television series directed & produced by Wirkola called Hellfjord premiered, consisting of seven 30-minute episodes.[6] Wirkola's first English-language film, which was also his first large-budget film, was Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It was co-written by Dante Harper and released in 2013.[7] In 2014 a sequel to Dead Snow, named Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, was released.[8][9] What Happened to Monday, a science fiction film starring Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe, and The Trip, also starring Rapace, were released in 2017 and 2021 respectively. Wirkola's next film, Violent Night, was released in December 2022.[10]


Year Title Director Writer Editor
2006 Remake Yes No No
2007 Kill Buljo Yes Yes Yes
2009 Dead Snow Yes Yes No
2010 Kurt Josef Wagle and the Legend of the Fjord Witch[11] Yes Yes Yes
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Yes Yes No
2014 Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Yes Yes No
2017 What Happened to Monday Yes No No
2021 The Trip Yes Yes No
2022 Violent Night Yes No No
2024 Spermageddon Yes[a] Yes No

Acting roles

Year Title Role
2006 Remake Attendant 2
2007 Kill Buljo Sid Wisløff
2009 Dead Snow Dying Zombie
Tomme Tønner Gjørme-Knut
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Deputy #4


  1. ^ Co-directed with Rasmus A. Sivertsen


  1. ^ "Nå hopper Wirkola av". DN.no. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  2. ^ Kautto, Hanne (5 September 2012). "Pihla Viitalalla iso rooli Hollywood-leffassa". yle.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 8 April 2024.
  3. ^ Kill Buljo – Dimension Extreme Archived 14 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "DØD SNØ – crossingEurope". Crossingeurope.at. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ Juan of the Dead (26 February 2010). "The Director Of DEAD SNOW And KILL BULJO Takes The Piss Out Of First-Person Horror With KURT JOSEF WAGLE AND THE LEGEND OF THE FJORD WITCH". Twitchfilm.net. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Hellfjord". fantasticfest.com. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  7. ^ New Scribe to Sweeten 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'
  8. ^ "Director Tommy Wirkola Talk HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS and DEAD SNOW". Collider. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  9. ^ Kevin Melrose (12 February 2013). "Wirkola Plans Dead Snow Sequel « Spinoff Online – TV, Film, and Entertainment News Daily". Spinoff.comicbookresources.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  10. ^ McCall, Kevin (14 September 2022). "David Harbour's Holiday Flick 'Violent Night' to Screen at NYCC". Collider. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  11. ^ Ryan Turek (26 February 2010). "Dead Snow Director Returns With Fjord Witch". Shocktillyoudrop.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014.

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