Left school at age 16 and became involved in the Danish Resistance during WWII; spent three months in Sweden as a refugee at one point
Planned to become a doctor after the war, after the model of his girlfriend's father
Began working as assistant director at Minerva-Film; worked under noted documentarian Theodor Christensen
Directed numerous shorts and several medium-length documentaries; directing debut (also writer; editor), "I formerlaere/Moulder's Apprentice"
Feature co-directing debut (with Titus Vibe Muller), "Haakon VII--King of Norway in War and Peace"
Moved to Nordisk Film Junior
Directed, wrote and edited five short documentaries for Disney Productions for US TV broadcast; all five shown theatrically in Denmark; the films were "Denmark, Kingdom of Islands", "Copenhagen", "Lifeguards", "Tivoli" and "Circusfarm"
Began working as freelance director
Began collaboration with regular cinematographer Henning Kristiansen on such documentary shorts as "De gamle/Old People" (1961)
Was working on a film in South Africa and took note of how filmmaker Lionel Rogosin was able to clandestinely shoot the film, "Come Back Africa"
Feature directing, writing and producing debut, "Dilemma/A World of Strangers"
Became lecturer at, and board member of, Danish Film School
Produced first fiction feature, "Sult/Hunger", which he also adapted from Knut Hamsun's novel and which he also directed; film also marked his real breakthrough in the international art-house scene
Managed the Dagmar cinema in Copenhagen
Produced but did not direct the feature, "I Din Fars Lomme/In Your Dad's Pocket"; film was directed by Anker and Lise Roos
Directed three films which he co-wrote in collaboration with Danish poet Benny Anderson: "Oh, To Be on the Bandwagon!" (1972), "A Happy Divorce" (1975), and "When Svante Disappeared" (1976)
Edited the Norwegian feature, "Arven/The Heritage", directed by Anja Breien
Directed last film for nearly a decade, "The Wolf at the Door", which he also produced and for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on his story
Returned to directing with "Two Green Feathers/Pan", his adaptation of Knut Hamsun's novel, "Pan"; also co-produced the film