Finland’s Tekele Announces Second Season of ‘The Short Fuse’

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Finland’s Tekele has introduced {that a} second season of YLE authentic youth sequence “The Short Fuse” is within the works. 

Directed by Jani Ilomäki, additionally behind police sequence “Roba,” it will likely be written by Pilke Salo, Milla Tuokkola and Janne Vanhanen and shot over June-July 2024, eyeing a 2025 launch on YLE Areena.

Starring are Pyry Rautiainen, noticed in Selma Vilhunen’s drama “Little Wing,” Minttu Halttula and Elsa Lagerstedt.

“International interest has been very wide,” stated producer Julia Elomäki, singling out French-speaking territories.  

“Once again, the show is handling harsh and timely themes with honesty. Given the excellent reception of the first season, it proves there is a point in making ambitious series for younger audiences.”

Directed by Petra Lumioksa, the present’s first outing gained lots of traction on social media as effectively. 

“Especially on TikTok,” famous Elomäki. 

“I have always considered the young audience to be important. We have to produce quality drama for teens and avoid patronizing them. ‘The Short Fuse’ is a brave series and an excellent example of how Tekele Productions works.”

She added: “I think there is true potential in Finnish series – and younger Finnish filmmakers – and we have already seen great examples of that. More is definitely to come. I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but great original stories always have the potential to travel.” 

According to author Pilke Salo, the present “deals with tough topics with a lot of heart.” Including love, sexuality and darker facets of younger maturity.

The Short Fuse
Courtesy of Tekele Productions & Yle.

“We want to describe the violence and mental malaise of young people boldly and believably, but without forgetting warmth, comedy and comfort. I think the series is both exciting and funny,” she says, admitting the present will now concentrate on Kristian, performed by Rautiainen: a sporty 17-year-old pressured to cope with the signs of his trauma. 

“While writing, we studied boys’ trauma behavior and the emergence of a culture of violence among young men. Now, the show’s ‘ticking bomb’ has to do more with growing anger and mental malaise.” 

“If the first season was about making friends, the second is about making a friendship last and things that need to be done in order to preserve it.”

But Helsinki-based Tekele – additionally behind Series Mania premiere “Transport” – isn’t giving up on films simply but, at the moment growing Aleksi Salmenperä’s “Backstage” – just lately offered at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market – and Ulla Heikkilä’s follow-up to function debut “Eden.” Under the working title “Summer is Short” [“Sommaren är kort”], it’s produced by her longtime collaborator Marja Pihlaja. 

“We have this background of professional friendship and we have been working together for years. Ulla is such a visionary filmmaker, with a playful and loving touch,” famous Pihlaja. 

“Personally, I think it’s quite something to have these young women, in their 30s, producing their own stuff in an industry which is still very much dominated by males born in the 1960s and 1970s,” noticed Tekele’s Miia Haavisto. 

“I was born in 1972, but having these young producers overseeing projects they have themselves initiated and developed is key in seeing a change in the industry.”

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