Prime Video Unveils ABBA Stalker Documentary


Prime Video is set to debut its first Nordic documentary, Take a Chance, about ABBA stalker Gert van der Graaf, on May 19 in Europe.

The film follows van der Graaf as he unpacks how his childhood crush on ABBA superstar Agnetha Fältskog turned into an obsession, causing him to learn Swedish and move to Sweden to find her. Experts and psychologists help to investigate how compulsive fandom can become criminal.

The 85-minute documentary is produced by Kreativ Inc., A Rabbit Hole and Bunim Murray Productions, a division of Banijay Americas. Maria Thulin directs, while Joel Karsberg (Surviving R. Kelly, The Prize of Silence) and John Mork (Rörelsen, Balkongfallet) serve as executive producers. Banijay Rights is handling international distribution outside Europe.

“Through unprecedented access, the film provides new layers to an important and almost unbelievable story,” said Andreas Hjerto, head of content for the Nordics at Prime Video. “We are amazed by the professionals in front of and behind the camera, who have done an unprecedented and comprehensive job of making it come to life.”

“Obsessive fandom and stalkers can feel far removed from our daily lives, but they are a reality for some,” Thulin said. “According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, hundreds of thousands of Swedish women have been harassed or persecuted by stalkers, and we believe it is important to shed light on this. The documentary gives the audience inside access into a hair-raising story about stalking.”

“Our local content slate is growing, and with Take a Chance, we add a genre-bending documentary that spans crime, music, mystery and fandom,” added Martin Backlund, managing director for the Nordics at Prime Video. “We aim to offer our Nordic customers relevant content, with local storytelling and filmmaking behind it, and we believe this local story will be of interest to many.”