TPB AFK – My Review

Tomorrow is the premiere of TPB AFK in Berlin at the Berlinale. I’m not going there (not my kind of scene) but lots of friends are.

I’ve seen the movie a couple of times. Lots of people are asking me for my opinion about it, and I’ve been kind of reluctant. The reason is that I’ve got a split view on it. On the one hand, the movie is great in terms of photography, editing, sound. The experience the viewer gets of the movie is kind of like a thriller. But on the other hand, it’s not my view of the things that actually happened during this period.

The film maker, Simon, who I consider a good friend, and I have different views of what the movie should be. It’s his film though so he makes all the shots. There are lots of scenes in the movie that are… well… edited to be something different than they are. This is all part of making a movie, drama is needed. I’m not happy with all of them, and I don’t like the dark and gloomy view that Simon has of the past years. The editor (whom I’ve never met, so he has no real idea of who I am, just what has been filmed of me) has cut the movie in a way that is very different from what I’ve experienced.

During the past years most of the things we’ve done has been fun. Even the court case(s) has to some extent been filled with humour and playfulness. Today I read some peoples reviews of the movie where one had the view that we went from being confident to being depressed and that we felt that noone cared. There’s no single truth to that. Working with TPB was always filled with enormous support and friendship. Even today, when I go to a place and someone recognises me, they are always happy and tell me stories of how TPB changed their lives to the better.

There are some scenes in the movie that I don’t like at all. One is a scene where I’m seriously sick with the flu, sweating like a pig, but the editing made it look like I’m nervous rather than physically sick. Another is a scene where Fredrik is joking about noone caring about us anymore because the new verdict is not on the frontpage of BBC and CNN. The scene is cut in a way that, combined with the tone of the rest of the movie, it feels like Fredrik really means that. If you know Fredrik you know it’s his way of joking – more actually feeling proud of how much people actually cared. A few minutes later, the verdict was actually on BBCs frontpage, which we were expecting. It’s just how big TPB is and how much people care about it.

I also don’t like what the movie focuses on. It’s focused on the trials, which for me is a really small part of everything. I know that Simon has huuuuuge amounts of film that I’d prefer to have in the movie instead – more focused on happy people, lots of support from people all over the world. But I understand that because of the enormous amount of footage, most has to be cut. And there has to be some focus. Simon and his editor chose the things that I personally would have cut out. It’s not really TPB AFK, it’s TPB – The boring trials.

It’s not that I’m super interesting. Fredrik and Gottfrid are the real stars. I’m way to politically correct (and I’m happy to be just that, I actually care about things and people) to be interesting. More scenes with them and more scenes that has nothing to do with trials and depressing stuff would be more honest (in my view) than the current movie.

Don’t get me wrong. The movie is good. I love the filming, I love some of the scenes in it, for instance when Fredrik says his honest view about me – and I do about him. We’re friends and support eachother, despite not agreeing on a lot of things. I’ve even been on vacations with him all over the world, fighting daily like an old couple. That’s kind of the true story for me, that I would have liked to see more of, if I was one of the viewers.

Of course a lot of people will be interested in the trial part of the thing. But for me, that’s the thing that most people already knew about. And I also do understand that this movie will be “the truth” in what people think about us in the end. And I don’t agree with the view of myself at all in the movie. That is something that is very personal to me, where I feel that either Simon doesn’t know me, or his art goes before portraying me in a way that I recognize. The same probably goes for Fredrik.

I would also like to address some of the recent “discoveries” by the media. A lot of newspapers has reported that they now know that “the founders is exposed in still running the site, even though they’ve said not to do so.” In some scenes, Fredrik is obviously working on some machines that he claims to be TPB. In another scene I explain how I came up with the smart move that TPB should be hosted by The Pirate Party. For me it’s kind of weird saying that I “still” run TPB just because I know the people that do so, and come with a suggestion. I do not control TPB nor The Pirate Party so how could I have made that happen? And Gottfrid really stopped working with TPB ages ago, and nothing in the movie suggests otherwise. The media really has no nuance in their claims. Or as it’s said in sweden, “de drar alla över en kam”.

As you can understand from my post, I have mixed feelings about the movie and the release of it. I still understand that it’s an important piece. If I wanted a movie that I directed, I would have had to make it myself. There’s just this feeling I have sometimes, that my friend Simon has a view of me and my friends that doesn’t fit reality. Is it art or did he misunderstand me? I want my friends to know who I am.


#1 Martin0 on 02.07.13 at 16:38

Tanks, Peter!

#2 Helen on 02.07.13 at 16:51

Vi vet vem du är och kommer se på filmen med det här inlägget i åtanke! Kram!

#3 Dan on 02.07.13 at 17:23

I respect you and what you done as far as trying to keep the internet “free”. I appreciate the fact that you guys were not in it for the money, it was more for the principle and the idea. I know you guys will be unable to continue your “internet freedom” movement but I hope this lives on. People claim how Hollywood is losing so much money but yet again still brag about how recent films keep breaking box office records. I’m glad I read this blog about you and Fredrik. I’ll keep this in mind when I watch the premier tomorrow. Thanks for everything.

#4 Gerardo on 02.07.13 at 17:33

Thanks for posting this. “I don’t agree with the view of myself at all in the movie”. That is just one hell of a line, too bad.
Much respect from Mexico, Brokep. Keep it up, bro!

#5 Jan on 02.07.13 at 23:53

Måste bara tacka för allt du gjort o det du förhoppningsvis kommer att göra i framtiden Peter!
Du, Fredrik och Gottfrid kommer att stå i framtidens historieböcker utan tvekan.

Kommer naturligtvis att kolla in filmen när jag slutar jobbet i morron natt o samtidigt ha detta inlägg i bakhuvudet.

Tack Peter!!


#6 Aelius on 02.08.13 at 01:32

Oh that’s sad. Must be difficult for a filmmaker to reconcile an accurate portrayal of the message with an accurate portrayal of a friend. Maybe they’re apples & oranges – it’s not that Simon sees his view of the message as MORE important than his view of you as a friend, but just that they are in two totally different realms, and how do you balance them? He has 1) A friend – you – with a unique and complex human experience, and he has 2) a message – also complex, unique, and from the sounds of it a dark and depressing thing. As a filmmaker, not just a friend, ultimately he has to tell the message he as sees it, doesn’t he? :-(

Any chance of deleted/extended scenes being released, maybe painting a better picture?

#7 Daniel on 02.08.13 at 09:28

Förstår dig, och har det i åtanke när jag tittar på filmen.

#8 Fañch on 02.08.13 at 10:20

Thank you for posting this, Peter. It’s indeed good to know these feelings of yours before watching the doc.

Aelius’ idea of adding deleted scenes to the film thus makes sense – Get Simon back to work! :)

Keep it up.

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#12 John on 02.08.13 at 10:58

Great review!

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#16 Guest on 02.08.13 at 17:52

Thank you guys, you changed the world!

For sure!!!

#17 michel de geofroy on 02.08.13 at 19:20

No one will ever know how you really are… we probably do not even really know who we are… look at yourself in the mirror… you will see what you want to see… its like your voice when you speak it dose not sound the same as you hear it for others… All this has no importance… concentrate on living your life and enjoying your family… thanks for TPB… if one day you pass by Formentera drop by for some cold beer :)

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#19 Mat on 02.08.13 at 20:18

Hi, Peter. I think I understand your feeling, who knows more tan you how much of the real story the movie is missing? I just watched it, searched you, and seen this blog and your review. All as a result of watching the movie. So I guess it was effective, it caught my attention on what’s going on in the internet, and besides, I had no idea about the trial, so I guess in that sense the movie is effective. Just to let you know, when he says something about the BBC and CNN ignoring you guys, I took it as a joke, it seemed obvious for me. Anyway, I wish I knew how I can help you, as I wish I could participate, really. Respects, Matías from Uruguay.

#20 sopaCANsuckMYhairyBALLZZ on 02.08.13 at 20:48


This is a clear attack on the younger generations. I hope these old fucks that are running our world can die ASAP so we can me the planet a happy harmonious place!

#21 sopaCANsuckMYhairyBALLZZ on 02.08.13 at 20:50

by old fucks I mean the evil ppl that have corrupted swedish government and justice system!

Dont worry TPB Crew. Theres a new fresh batch of young clear minded soldiers ready for deployment on the global battlefield.

#22 Anna Robinson on 02.08.13 at 20:55

Bra att få ta del av dina synpunkter på filmen. Men för den som inte sett det bortsorterade materialet så var den i alla toppen. Tack :)

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#24 frebro on 02.08.13 at 21:14

Peter, I don’t know any you personally, so I can’t assess whether the portrayal of you, Gottfrid or Fredrik are correct. But I can say that I did not get the impression of Fredrik being serious about the media attention-joke, or of you being nervous in court. I saw the screening in a room with about 100+ people, and judging from the laughs and giggles in the audience I think we all got your subtle jokes and clever comments the way they were meant.

Also, I found the focus on the trials to be interesting. It shone a light on the corrupt system behind the copyright industry and their affiliated justice system. I would gladly see a second documentary about “the tpb story” as well, but I also think that this viewpoint was valid.

Anyway – thanks for expressing your opinions on the film here. I understand your hesitation about doing it, and I’m glad you decided to speak your mind. It gave me another perspective.

And thank you for TPB.

#25 Richard Veevers on 02.08.13 at 21:46

So Peter, you’re going to get the huge amount of film from Simon, KickStart some more cash and make the film that you want to see:)
Fwiw I realise you didn’t but I found out a lot about you three, I’d heard about the right wing accusations before, but not about Gottfried’s “illness” or about Fredrik’s “Racist Assholeness”
Love and respect to all

#26 pix on 02.08.13 at 22:17

Bra skrivet! Men ang scenen där du var sjuk så tror jag faktiskt inte många (om ens någon?) uppfattade det som du var nervös. Alla scener innan visade ju er som modiga uppstickare mot hollywood. Men jag förstår hur du menar. Och den som klippte i filmen hade kunnat göra det bättre.

Tack Peter, för allt!

#27 Johan Rior on 02.08.13 at 22:19

Hmm.. utan att låta allt för mushy. Tack som bara fan för det du och de andra har gjort för oss andra. Såg precis klart filmen och kände att den helt klart funkade. Blev glad över hur ni släppte in tittarna i något som många av oss bara följt på avstånd. Den här filmen sammanfattar något av det viktigaste jag kommer ha i min bokhylla :)

P.S Monique Wadsted kan **** *** **** *** och lite till. Gillade när du öppnade dörren 😉

Ye know yer moves sonny :)

#28 Stefan Lundell on 02.08.13 at 23:11

Såg klart filmen för en liten stund sedan. Har aldrig varit särskilt intresserad av själva rättsprocessen och har “dragit hela gänget kring Pirate Bay över en kam” som rätt suspekta personer med starka dragningar åt det högerextrema. Nu fick jag en helt annan, och betydligt mer nyanserad bild. Kan förstå om du Peter känner att bilden blev förenklad eftersom du sitter mitt i förloppet. Vet inte om det kan vara till någon tröst men jag tyckte i alla fall att du kom väldigt bra ut ur filmen. Och mitt intryck av bakom Pirate Bay är nu betydligt mer positivt och förhoppningsvis nyanserat. Flattr är för övrigt en grym innovation! Upptäckte den som en direkt konsekvens av dokumentären.

#29 Felix on 02.08.13 at 23:38

Mycket intressant dokumentär.
Jag undrar, Vad har du tänkt att göra nu härnäst, efter alla lyckade projekt?
Har du nåt på gång?

Tycker att ni förtjänar mer cred & respekt efter att ha startat TPB än vad folk ger er :/


#30 Mark on 02.09.13 at 02:15

Peter, you are a strong man!
You and your mates lighted a fire that can never be put out. It has been the first iteration of a new paradigm. This new modell will be accepted over time. with TPB, brokep, and all others trying to change the world. But Peter it will also happen without you. I hope you will be able to enjoy the next steps in your life. If jailtime and money are getting you down: dont.
The same people will support you in that process. I will.
All I wanted to say is I still feel that the recent passing of Aron has treached me that life is more important than pride and justice.

#31 Johan on 02.09.13 at 02:32

I think the view of your humour and playfulness during the trial was very transparent. To be honest, I think you’re too selfconscious. Great documentary. And for me who didn’t know anything about you guys just like you now. You’re all pretty likeable actually.

#32 N. on 02.09.13 at 05:16

My husband and I just sat down and saw the movie. I have also seen you in various lectures on youtube. I get so excited when I hear you speak, you are so pure. I hope you live forever. I hope that everyone who fights for freedom is rewarded with peace. Please, take real good care of yourself! The world really needs you; though you are humble, I hope you understand this is true.

#33 anonym on 02.09.13 at 05:37

Kan ni inte distrubera oredigerat material för oss att titta på?
Jag föredrar oredigerat och oklippt för att bilda en bättre uppfattning om vad som sker i alla sammanhang.
Jag vill också arkivera och skydda allt material inför framtiden så att historien om piratebay aldrig försvinner.

#34 Adrian on 02.09.13 at 06:11

I am very familiar with TPB’s story, but I never really got in too deep about the people that founded it. I watched the documentary because I wanted to learn more about you, and I want to say that you, Peter, are the most admirable guy for me in the internet scene. You’re a true hero of our generation. You got full support from many in Mexico.

#35 lektim on 02.09.13 at 08:34

You’re all brilliant guys and I thought it was a very well done documentary. Wishing you all the best. You’ve set into motion something crucial, something that questions the very nature of the internet and free information and freedom of speech. Your efforts will pad history books.

#36 Krulle on 02.09.13 at 10:16

Mycket intressant att höra vad du tycker om filmen. Inte sett den än men planerar att göra det till kvällen. Tack för TPB!

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#40 Newto on 02.09.13 at 15:29

i’m glad that i’ve read this post before watching the documentary.
it’s difficult to edit or arrange someone’s life or work in one or two hours. there’s a lot of emotions that maybe won’t make the final cut.
the users don’t know what you are or the others, but they feel the power of starting something that will change industry and way of thinking.

#41 Jannike / on 02.09.13 at 16:58

That how it is. Ive been in my own documentary and I was never agreeing with the producer about what story was Most interesting for the audience.. But tis often not the story you thought your self was Most important to you
Anyway you were absolutely the Most interesting to follow in this movie. And thats not because you -ad you say your self – are political correct. Its because you think independently and have opinions you //////both
fightas for and can talk for! I wish you all the best for the future, and no prison!!

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#43 Mr. Benedict on 02.09.13 at 18:57


just wanted to tell you my perspective as one in a million who watched the film. I understand your mixed feelings in most parts, but for example, I cannot share your concerns on how the trials have been documented or the story about BBC and CNN. I don’t see a focus on feelings of confidence or depression and I saw the fun part you mentioned – between the lines. There is this one scene where you walk out of the court building I think and talk about people asking you about companies, offices, etc. and you say, they have no idea how small we are, how all of this works. Many scenes in court have that WTF-factor, you see two parties fighting against each other, who could not have been more different. You should not forget that no documentary (not even if you do it yourself) can express your exact feelings of the whole story, movies and reality are a different world, you see things in the movie, personal things, that normal viewers don’t. And speaking of myself, I didn’t get a view of you that’s that different from the view you want to express in this blog post. I cannot judge on your character, because I don’t know you in person, but you can’t judge from a movie about you, if people have a correct view on you. I guess no one can 100% see another person as she is, nor can one person see how she is viewed by others. To put it simple, I just didn’t want you to bee so pessimistic about the movie, but yeah.. like I said. one single viewer’s perspective. But I thought you might be interested in it.
I do agree though, that it wasn’t a good idea to focus so much on the trials. I became interested to watch “part 2” which leaves out all of the court stuff, because it’s so much on the surface. On the other hand, I can’t decide if it’s not maybe a brilliant idea, because by leaving out the things you’re missing in the movie, it magnetically draws my attention to the details, to little information that could give me a valid picture of you and your friend(s). And for your last question: yes, it’s a piece of art and every piece of art includes misunderstandings, on both sides, in my view.

all the best,

#44 Cujo on 02.09.13 at 19:36

hey Peter ,, I thought it was great ,, sure there are a lot of things that got left out but there are 350 million people who are doing what you guys do (estimate) ,, and we will never stop ,, it’s what we do ,, sure the film points highly on the court crap ,, but that’s all bullshit ,, Bill Gates did what you guys are doing ,, same shit ,, just a different day lol

#45 E. on 02.09.13 at 20:51

Tack för att du skrev din åsikt om dokumentären. Såg den precis och hittade din blog. Jag tycker inte du behöver vara orolig för hur du porträtterats samt tonen i dokumentären. Jag uppfattade i alla fall att ni tog hela rättegångsprocessen med mycket humor.

Tack för att ni skapade TBP! Ses vi någon gång så bjuder jag på en öl.

Information wants to be free.

#46 Anonymous on 02.09.13 at 21:12

Varför inte släppa uppföljare med det tidigare ej släppta materialet (TPB – Online eller annat fyndigt namn)?

Eller för den delen släppa material i råformat som torrents?

Eller när dvd/bluray kommer peta in materialet som extrascener/cutouts?

#47 Seb on 02.09.13 at 21:27

I just wanted to thank you guys for what you are doing! Internet free speech is important, times are changing and the ‘industries’ have to face this.

Keep up the good job!

#48 Holger on 02.09.13 at 22:26

I like the scene where you said, that your brother is anarchist and he is in jail for his opinion. I also like your engagement against racism. Keep up fighting!

Best regards and respect from Berlin.

#49 Systemik on 02.09.13 at 23:09

“Even today, when I go to a place and someone recognises me, they are always happy and tell me stories of how TPB changed their lives to the better.”

What about those who might have been ‘porn junkie’ due to TPB making available that widely?

Those who kept consuming hollywood propaganda/mainstream crap just because it was available for free?

I like the fact that you seem to be the political conciousness behind tpb, but feel sad that it seems like in the movie that it was mostly a projet from bored white middle class kids who wanted to “create the biggest website”.

I don’t know, the biggest + consumption thing doesn’t make much sense to me..

Thanks for your post tho, you seem like a really nice person :)

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#51 Albert on 02.10.13 at 00:05

Just finished watching a film and found your blog after at once. It’s huge how the internet can work with space. I’m living in Yakutks, its far far far away from Sweden, and at all events I watched the film with full of concentration on my mind. Thanks for shared experience and do your best !!

#52 Fie on 02.10.13 at 03:22

Såg precis dokumentären och tyckte den var extremt välgjord. Givetvis blir det ju så med alla dokumentärer att det alltid är något som borde ha varit med eller skulle kunna förbättras. Dock måste jag säga att från att stödja TPB-grundarna med 120% så gjorde dokumentären om vad som hände att mitt stöd gick ner till ungefär 50%, tyvärr. Tydligen hade jag mindre koll än jag trodde. Dock måste jag berömma din förmåga som talesperson för TBP. DU gjorde ett exemplariskt jobb.

#53 Dobby on 02.10.13 at 03:33

The movie makes me think about the life we live, and the choices we make.
Some scenes really stings, and some show the sparkle in the eye (what would we do without hope, huh…).
And it really shows how you handle your distance toward the struggle, even if it be a cynical suite-man who almost seem like he wants u all dead or the events you have to find yourself in and Go along with your values and beliefs, And somehow make them carry you through this “journey”, feelings involved or not.
This movie, to me (and I’m far from alone) stand as a symbol of a world that is set up in a way where there will always be a victim, and also who gains profit from that…
And makes me wonder how the world would look without victims.. what would it take?
What would be enough?
bottom line;
Is this all we can Muster?
Here’s where I say; Wake Up! 😉

#54 blaeks biofor on 02.10.13 at 03:57

It would be cool to open the source vids (combine with other vids, out there) of this movie, then “tpbers” would direct the “swarm version” 😀

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#56 Hjalmar on 02.10.13 at 09:02

Vill att du ska veta att för mig – och kanske min generation (snart 50 år) – lämnar mig filmen med en beslutsamhet att förändra vårt samhälle. Den behövdes för att slutligen skingra den “å-ena-sidan-å-andra-sidan”-bilden som jag lämnades med som medelålders DN-prenumerant. Jag tror det krävdes detta fokus på rättegången i filmen för att leda mig till slutsatsen att det ni gjorde var RÄTT. INTE delvis fel också! Hoppas det kan uppväga de andra brister som du beskriver.

#57 Hezza on 02.10.13 at 09:03

“I want my friends to know who I am.”
I want to know who you are, too.

Very moved. You’re a man with incredible strength and spirit in a world full of pussies… can I say that? You’re very inspirational and full of love.
Never give up! :)

#58 steelneck on 02.10.13 at 14:20

I do not know you, tiamo or anakata, but somehow my impression of film is close to what you are expressing here. The film-maker is trying to say something very subtle between the lines, consciously or not, i do not exactly what. It may be me, since i was under the impression, on beforehand, that tha film was to be much more about the corrupt politically rigged sorry excuse pretending to be a trial. Not much of that got through. The AFK part of the title should have given me a hint otherwise, but seen as that it did not show much about that either, rather portaying you three in a quite negativ way, expecially anakata and tiamo.

#59 1052 on 02.10.13 at 14:55

I would love (and pay entrance in a cinema) to watch a documentary not limited to the TPB, or the trial, but about the pirate movement, copyright reform, the origins, Piratbyran, its connection with FOSS, CC, OpenData, etc. You said you did many interviews during that period (RMS, Domscheit-Berg). It would be interesting to collect them in one place.

#60 NoDecafPlz on 02.10.13 at 15:09

Bravo, Peter! Bravo!

#61 Santi on 02.10.13 at 16:42

It’s great to read your opinion without filters. Thank you for so many things that tpb give to us, and how it’s helping to redefine everything (that it’s necessary)
greetings from Spain

#62 marcus cunnilingus on 02.10.13 at 17:46

>>#24 frebro
>>#34 Adrian
put it straight to the point.

yo peter, keep up the good work.
brofist from germany.

#63 Ane on 02.10.13 at 21:44

Måste tacka er. Dig, Fredrik och Gottfrid.
The Pirat Bay fanns i mitt liv i en period när jag var som allra fattigast. Jag hade ingen möjlighet att köpa varken musik eller film. Dessutom hittade jag ständigt ny musik, som jag nu för tiden kan köpa. Allt detta betydde massor för mig just då. Jag är oerhört tacksam

#64 Imad on 02.10.13 at 22:41

C’est un peu normal que tu ne sois pas d’accord avec certain contenu, si on veut faire un film qui montre vraiment ce qu’on est (enfin notre véritable vision de la chose) je crois qu’il faut le faire sois même, personnellement je me doutais un peu qu’il y avait des parties “cachées” et que tout n’est pas 100% occurate, mais ça reste vraiment assez fun, j’ai vraiment apprécié TPB AFK et je trouve que c’est du beau boulôt, je te souhaite bon courage Peter, et je m’excuse de m’être exprimé en Français, mon Anglais est un peu mort ces temps ci lol ^^

#65 The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboard « Netzfilmblog on 02.10.13 at 23:10

[…] alle Beteiligten unterstützen diesen von Klose gewählten Ansatz. In seinem Blog schrieb Peter Sunde kurz vor der Veröffentlichung, dass einige Szenen des Films unglücklich […]

#66 » AFK – film o twórcach The Pirate Bay -- -- on 02.10.13 at 23:18

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#67 The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard : le documentaire est en ligne - Geeks and Com' on 02.11.13 at 05:08

[…] noter que Peter «brokep» Sunde a écrit une critique du documentaire TPB AFK sur son blog. À lire pour connaître le point de vue d’un des créateurs de The Pirate Bay. Il revient […]

#68 Mikael on 02.11.13 at 08:24

TPB har förändrat mitt vy om media, rättsystem och frihet. Tack!!

#69 Max on 02.11.13 at 08:49

I’ll keep your comments in mind and mention them whenever the movie or TPB is a talked about. Your view of this interesting and important!

#70 Ed on 02.11.13 at 09:18

Jag tror att du överreagerar. Jag tolkade det om BBC och CNN precis som du säger att det var. Han skämtade om att det inte låg uppe där, varken mer eller mindre.

Sen får du inte heller glömma att han avslutar filmen med två scener där du är ute och träffar folk och har skoj. Ja, han har klämt in lite drama i mitten men slutet är skoj (för din del, Fredrik framstår som en ganska trasig människa och en vän till Gottfrid säger typ att han är förstörd av droger).

Det stora problemet med filmen är att den är lite oseriös i porträtterandet av den andra sidan. Att kalla Monique för “Hollywoods advokat” låter inte seriöst exempelvis. De som inte redan är på er sida kommer mest bara att bli fast i det de tror av en här filmen.

#71 Rubber on 02.11.13 at 09:28

Hei Peter!
Jeg ser du er litt kritisk til filmen og selv skulle jeg også ønske at vi kunne sett litt mere i livene til skaperne av TPB.
Skulle også ønske vi kunne sett litt mere av Gottfrid og blitt litt mere “kjent” med dere. Har Gottfrid selv sett filmen? Isåfall hva syns han selv om sine siste scener fra politiet i cambodia? Jeg ble selv sjokkert over å se hvilken fatning han var i og ønsker han alt det beste og håper han snart er på bedringens vei.
Håper at det kommer no behind the scenes der vi kanskje kan få litt mere innblikk i livene deres og mindre av rettsaken.

#72 Notizen zur Berlinale 2013 ALLES | Principien on 02.11.13 at 21:44

[…] TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay — Away from Keyboard (Simon Klose, S 2013) Bedenkt man den symptomalen Wert, den der Prozess gegen die Pirate Bay hatte (insofern er ein neues Kapitel in der Geschichte „das Kapital schreibt sich seine Gesetze und interpretiert sie wie es ihm passt“ aufschlug), bleibt der Film deutlich unter seinen Möglichkeiten. Selber gucken: hier; Peter Sundes Meinung dazu: da. […]

#73 Kate on 02.11.13 at 23:09

warning: i’m going fan girl mode on you in the next sentences… you are so cute,smart,funny,sympathetic and i want to have your babies.

#74 NSFW063 Pontifex Interruptus | Not Safe For Work on 02.12.13 at 08:26

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#75 Ahmed Khan on 02.12.13 at 08:39

The movie is simply a window into your lives – a view if you may. The view isn’t your life entirely. Any sensible person will understand that. In any case, I believe in what you are fighting for.

Salaam from Pakistan.

#76 Thomas on 02.12.13 at 10:02


I watched the movie yesterday and it has its ups and downs, like any movie. The best part though, which I liked the most and which made me laugh is the scene were you and Fredrik describes eachother, and gives the camera your honest opinion. I’m happy to see that’s also a scene you liked. I agree that it’s a bit too much court material in the movie, but that might be because I listened to it all shortly after it took place, because I wrote an essay on the subject in the fall of 2009. Anyway, great movie, great screenplay and alot of fun scenes. Good to see thepiratebay back in the spotlight again, even if it’s only for a short amount of time.

All the best

#77 jyzky on 02.12.13 at 10:29

i could see what u mean how the film is too focused on the trial, and not moore of the 3 genious behind tpb. as u say i too hoped it to be moore focused on getting to know u guys moore privately. but i must say that it seem kind of we got to know u peter a bit moore than u 2 friends. or maybe its just because of your nice personality … ? anyway..take care, peter. say hi to u 2 friends.
lets hope for a tpb afk 2, instead 😉

#78 Anton on 02.12.13 at 12:48

Hejsan Peter! Jag tycker filmen var bra, att han skämtade om att filmen ej var uppe på BBC eller CNN uppfattade iaf jag som skoj.

Det jag förväntade mig i slut-texten var att det skulle stå vad ni sysslar med idag.

T.ex Gottfrid är i Sverige igen, bla bla, aa du förstår.

#79 OliverUv on 02.12.13 at 15:00

Hey! I bet there’s materials enough for a second documentary, one showing the good times. Hope Simon and his crew have the motivation and get enough money to edit and release (well, that’s a cheap part nowadays : ) a TPB – LOL documentary.

Also: If TPB had flattr support, people could use that to fund Simon & co.