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NIKLAS KVARFORTH, the founder and frontman of Sweden’s SHINING, has never hidden the fact that he has suffered from severe mental problems all his life, something that has impacted his private and public life, both positively and negatively.   His is a struggle with mental illness that affects many individuals on a day to day basis, and it is this that attracted the interest of Art House documentary producer Claudio Marino and his film production company Artax Film.

This interest has resulted in a short documentary about mental illness as seen through the eyes of Niklas Kvarforth.  Titled “Cold Void”,  the documentary  is a personal portrait of the man behind headlines that have included suicide and self-destruction, addiction, bipolar disorder, passion and schizophrenia.  Headlines that have sometimes been true, and sometimes the result of the media’s desire for sensationalism over truth.  And sometimes even the result of detractors who have, often intentionally,  misunderstood SHINING’s ethos and that of its volatile creator.

Marino is quick to point out that “Cold Void” is a film for anyone interested in life stories, and was not made with the intention of pandering to SHINING’s fans.  It is, rather,  very much a personal journey, bringing a much-needed clarity and lack of sensationalism to the subject of Niklas Kvarforth.

Working in the fields of music video and graphic design, Marino is known for his documentary “Blood and Spirit”,  a trilogy about three different artists who live for their art, and who include a Tattoo Artist, an MMA fighter, and a Satanist, in the form of E from WATAIN, a well known figure in the worLd of Black Metal.  It is therefore understandable why he should have chosen Kvarforth as his next subject:

“I’ve known about Niklas and his music for a long time”, commented Marino. ” His story interested me and I wanted to know more about him as a person.  I did some research and we got in contact.  I showed him my documentary trilogy ‘Blood and Spirit’ and he was interested in working with me. We  got along from the start and he proved  to be very cooperative. He was brutally honest,  and never left  any of my questions unanswered”.

“Cold Void” is set for release in the autumn of 2017 in Swedish with English sub-titles, and with music by TREHA SEKTORI. It will be available world-wide in DVD format directly from Artax Film and Shining themselves, as well as via VOD.

A video teaser for “Cold Void” can be seen below and at 

35 Best Rock Bands From Norway


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“Norwegian music scene is one of the most biggest and diverse music scenes in the world. Norway is known for its strong jazz scene (with such musicians as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Ketil Bjørnstad, Paal Nilssen-Love and more), classical music (with such composers as Edvard Grieg, Rikard Nordraak and Johan Svendsen) – and of course for actually starting the whole black metal movement (the early Norwegian black metal scene developed the style of their forebears into a distinct genre known as “True Norwegian black metal”). It also includes a lot of internationally recognised bands – for example, famous electronic duo Röyksopp are frow Norway too.

So we prepared a list of 35 famous rock bands which are from Norway. It was REALLY hard to choose even only 35, because Norway has A LOT OF unique music talents and a really diverse music scene.”

Cold Void

A short art house documentary about mental illness seen through the eyes of Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING).

Coming 2017 – Artax Film


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