Jonas Åkerlund is an award-winning director of international music videos, commercials, documentaries, stage shows and feature films.
Jonas has directed music videos for the likes of Madonna, U2, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Beyoncé, Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5 to name but a few. His music video work has earned him several Grammy Awards, MTV Awards (including Best Director) and the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award.
In 2009 Jonas won a coveted MVPA for the music video for Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’. Jonas also directed the award winning video ‘Telephone’ for Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé. In 2011, Jonas received the highly regarded Icon award in the UK’s Music Video Awards. The award was presented by Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran.
His first feature film, ‘Spun’, starring Jason Schwartzmann, Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari and Mickey Rourke premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Jonas’ most recent feature film ‘Small Apartments’, premiered in 2012 – and starred Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, and James Caan, amongst other prominent actors.
In 2014 Jonas made a Grammy Award-winning documentary for Sir Paul McCartney called ‘Live Kisses’, featuring Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. The documentary captured the live performance from Sir Paul McCartney’s acclaimed album ‘Kisses on the Bottom’, where Paul is accompanied by Diana Krall and her band on a collection of songs that he grew up listening to.
Jonas has directed television commercials for the likes of Dior, Hugo Boss, Sony, JC Penney, Avon, Dell, Volkswagen, Virgin, Coca Cola, Smirnoff, Ikea, Panasonic and Adidas, amongst others. In 2008 he directed the inaugural William Rast commercials, featuring Justin Timberlake. His series of colourful commercials for Swiftcover, featuring Iggy Pop, created a big stir in 2009 and continued to do so into 2010. His commercial work has earned Addy, Cannes Gold Lion and Cannes Grand Prix awards.
His art projects include creating and directing a circus in Stockholm during the Stockholm Cultural Year of 1998. Jonas has had exhibitions in Frankfurt and Seoul and the 2006 the exhibition ‘A Jonas Åkerlund Experience’ was shown in Stockholm. In 2009 alone Jonas directed ‘Place’ featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna for television, made an introductory film ‘Abba World’ dedicated to the famous Swedish pop group Abba, and ended the year collaborating with well-known artist Francesco Vezzoli by directing ‘Moca’, a film about the musical held at the Los Angeles Moca museum’s 30th anniversary – featuring Lady Gaga and the Ballet Russo.
Jonas produced two videos for Beyoncé’s 2013 self titled album, and in 2015 was again nominated for a Grammy Award for his Beyoncé /Jay-Z live concert film, On The Run. The film premiered in the US on Showtime. Jonas’s work in 2014 included videos for Coldplay, David Guetta, and Robin Thicke. Most recently Jonas directed Ghosttown from Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.
Jonas has shot numerous portraits, album covers and fashion stories for magazines such as The Face, Elle, Flair, and V magazine. And he has directed several documentaries and short films ranging on subjects of anti-racism (‘Behind Enemy Lines’) and anti-drugs (‘Try’) to the award-winning documentary about Madonna (‘I Am Going To Tell You A Secret’). Jonas also received critical acclaim and another Grammy for directing Madonna’s NBC Special ‘The Confessions Tour’ in 2007.
Jonas is represented by RSA Photographic for all photography work.