Wrath of Gods – featuring Gerard Butler

directed by Jon Gustafsson


with one comment

Here are some of the things people have said about WRATH OF GODS.
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  • You have made a terrific film with insight into the power of collective commitment and how people can be inspired by a person with vision and determination.
  • Bloody Fantastic! I just loved your doc. Really great.
    With admiration,

  • I watched Wrath Of Gods and I think it is a very strong film – and a very compelling film about filmmaking!
  • What an outstanding documentary on film making. Of course, it helps to have the problems that they had in making “Beowulf and Grendel” to keep it suspenseful and exciting to watch. The scenery and weather played a big role in this film as well. But you put on film all of the right elements to keep the viewer mesmerized by what they were seeing and experiencing. You had it all and put it together in such a way that I keep wanting to see it again and again. This video is a winner. You did a great job and I wanted to let you know how much I and many of my friends enjoy it as well. Keep it up. I’d like to see more of your work.Kathy
  • OMG words fail me. I got mine and it is better that I even expected. The interview with Gerry is priceless. THAT BOY CAN SURE TALK!! even with a splitting headache. The behind the scenes clips are fascinating. It gives you a whole different perspective of the movie. Gerry is certainly a “trooper” Jon did an amazing job on this documentary. It is one that I will watch over and over again.
  • From the start of the film you get totally entranced, I remember looking around at the audience at one point and everyone was totally engrossed in the film.
  • Wrath of Gods is pure entertainment bliss! You feel the intensity and humor of team, cast, and crew as they triumph over every obstacle the power of nature flings at them while encountering financial battles at every turn. Jon captured it all and shares his passion in this unbelieveable, hilarious story set against the breath taking but powerful backdrop of Iceland. This documentary is loaded with substance and depth packed with laugh out loud must see documentary viewing at its best!
  • I know I’ll be watching this over and over again.
  • WOW!!! Awesome just does not begin to be the tip of the iceberg. Simply a masterpiece. I loved the interview with Gerard, it is so raw and candid and shows alot of soul and gives us an inner glimpse of the many sides of Gerry. You go through so many different emotions in this film it is really a roller coaster ride that you hope will never end. It really gives the art of making movies a human touch and gives us all a bird’s eye view of what can happen and what can go wrong. It is truly refreshing to get of the “Hollywood” Mold and step into the real world. Wrath is a must for everyone and you must be so proud of your film because it is truly a work of art.
  • Loved it. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the film-making
  • Audrey
  • Fabulous, I have always been interested in what goes on behind the scenes. Many thanks to Jon and all the crew and cast for giving us a glimpse of what goes into filmmaking.
  • Jean

  • I was absolutely blown away. I sat frozen (pardon the pun) to my chair for the whole movie and all the clips and interviews and didn’t budge till there wasn’t anything else to see. Number 2- making a film always seemed to be soo glamorous and easy but after watching this, I think the cast and all involved should not only got paid but medals for going above the call of duty. Learning what goes in behind the scenes was so interesting. I’m so glad I decided last year to buy this DVD. It was worth every penny in the education it provided on how a movie was made.
  • Again I say, bravo Jon. Well done.
  • Lyn
  • I knew they encountered a lot of hardships making Beowulf and Grendel, but this film showed how much more difficult the shoot was. I have such respect for everyone who had anything to do with this film for sticking it out. It is so great, Jon, that you were able to catch this whole story on film. You did a wonderful job and I know I will be watching it over and over.
  • Carolyn
  • Congratulations to you and everyone on the “Wrathless” team for its great success. It’s truly an excellent film and a must-have for anyone who has seen and enjoyed B&G.
  • Marina
  • I received my Wrath of Gods DVD today and it was awesome. My husband, also enjoyed B & G as well as the Wrath of Gods…. and he is a hard man to please when it comes to movies.
  • Linda
  • I am totally thrilled.
  • Wendy
  • I have received mine and it’s absolutely breathtaking…… even the Iceland landscape!! *lol* Seriously, it is amazing and I can see why it is an award winner! Thank you Thank you Thank you
  • Fran
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it. You did a great job.
  • Millicent
  • Received it, loved it.
  • Lisa
  • This movie was awesome. Thank you so much.
  • I just finished watching it and boy was it incredible and intense. I doubt that I would have survived those conditions.
  • Marianne
  • OMG OMG OMG….. I got mine today and it is so awesome!!!
  • Poppy
  • It’s awesome and entirely worth the wait!
  • A.
  • I so enjoyed Wrath of Gods and can’t wait for the DVD. I knew nature had wreaked havoc during the filming of Beowulf & Grendel just from the B&G DVD but Jon showed us just how bad it really was. Jon did a fantastic job of film-making/narrating.
  • P.
  • Thank you Wrath of Gods Creator.
    (deep bow of my head)
  • It is worth every krona and frozen
    cube of sweat you put into it. Loved it.
    Ain’t the film business fun!
  • Michele
  • WOW! What a wonderful job you did with it. The photography and editing were superb! It really covered the story of the hoot perfectly. I’ve recommended the DVD to friends and family. I find hat the story behind the filming almost more interesting than the film.
    Congratulations on a job extremely well done.

  • … you did an amazing job…. being the film geek that I am, peeking in the “back door” is almost more exciting for me than a film itself. It’s a rare treat to be able to watch/listen to the creative forces be able to speak their minds, unbridled and unedited for the most part, and the visuals…. ah, the visuals.Great, great work Jon.

  • Wrath is AMAZING!!! Not only do you give us the privilege of witnessing the making of the movie from the inside, which is fascinating, but also you have made a hugely entertaining film! It has everything: a compelling story, powerful drama, tension, surprise, sense of adventure and humour, and a hero quest that mirrors Beowulf’s: the B&G team’s own hero quest. It is so wonderful to see how, in the face of adversity, in the middle of chaos, there were people still keeping a smile on their face and not losing their sense of humour! And how all these people’s will and team work made the miracle of achieving the final common goal: telling a wonderful mythic story, and finishing a great film! And I’m not an expert in these things, but I must say I loved the structure you gave to Wrath, telling the story as a journal, with your voice-over narration: I think it creates a sense of adventure, and it feels like we are listening to the member of an expedition as he writes his log to keep the record of a perilous journey. Fabulous!! …if it was true that the Norse Gods were testing you, they must have been pleased to see how this cast and crew were up to the challenge and fought like heroes to have the film made. Or I should say, the films, as there were two being made, and your film, Wrath of Gods, is absolutely brilliant too! Congratulations, Jon! I wish you and all those involved in this project all the best! Thank you so much for everything!!
    Maite, Spain

  • Marg on 12 May 2007

    Jon, I just received WOG today and spent the afternoon watching it. It is phenomenal and should be required viewing for every aspiring filmmaker. It’s a wonder that it ever got made at all. Kudos to all the cast and crew…they are real troopers. I loved the hour interview with Gerry…he always gives great insights into his characters and a glimpse into his soul. I really loved Beowulf and Grendel…it’s a shame it didn’t get wider distribution. Bravo, Jon! I hope your film wins many awards, it deserves it.

  • # Judy on 16 May 2007


    Thank you Jon, for a thoroughly entertaining film, which, to me, was very informative about the trials and tribulations of getting this movie made. It is quite gratifying to see your documentary garnering awards and attention, because Beowulf and Grendel was a very artistic, haunting, and ambitious film which deserved a much wider distribution. I myself, sent hundreds of flyers to the departments of English, History and Drama in leading northeastern US universities in an effort to get the word out. I think Beowulf and Grendel was extremely well received in these academic communities.

    Gerard Butler’s personal insights were amazing.

    I wish that this documentary could be made available to film schools across the US.

    Thanks again for Wrath of Gods. It is outstanding.

  • # Kami_Witch on 17 May 2007

    The bonus clip was perfect. Helps wuth the wait for the DVD. Todays mail hasn’t come yet, so I am keeping my fingers crossed here in FL.
    Thanks again.

  • # Janet on 19 May 2007

    I just finished watching the whole DVD and it’s no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say that as interesting as the film is, your narration and the music is what drew me in. The tone of your voice together with the music was a perfect match. You did a great job mixing everything together.

    Sturla is a true optimist. Faced with all the difficulties and having the right to feel beaten at times, he still persevered.

    Gerry is, of course, Gerry. Professional, determined and funny. One of my favorite parts of the extras is when the lights go out during your interview. The laugh and then he just continues on in the dark. Too funny….the man can go on and on and on…….LOL!

    Everyone involved with Beowulf and Grendel should be very proud of their accomplishment. The adversity that was overcome to make this movie is amazing. Wrath Of Gods brings to light what sheer determination (and some luck) can do to make dreams become reality. This film would be an excellent teaching tool for any aspiring filmmaker! Congratulations Jon, very well done!!!

  • # Amy on 23 May 2007

    Wow, I just wanted to say.. Well Done!! I was thoroughly entranced by this documentary, it brought such insight of all the hard work and trials that you all had to overcome to produce such a great film! I really wanted to thank you for sharing this and the film with the world.

    Anyways, great job and thanks again!

  • # Carolyn Anderson on 25 May 2007

    I just received the dvd tonight and sat right down for 3 hours and watched it all. Thank you so much for making this documentary. It was so interesting to listen to the interviews and see behind the scenes and hear comments of the cast & crew. I’m a Gerry Butler fan and was thrilled to have an hour interview with him. I also was intrigued to hear Sturla’s thoughts about Iceland and character building. I have met both Gerry and Sturla and was impressed with their friendliness and willingness to chat with the fans. I think Wrath of Gods should be shown as a double-feature with Beowulf & Grendel; seeing WOG first makes one want to see Beowulf (which I have seen 5 times on the big screen and countless times on my little screen at home) or maybe the other way around. But either way, what a double feature! I also think that this film should be seen by all film students to get a feel for the challenges and teamwork that is required to bring a vision to fruition. I’m very happy to have this film in my library and thank you so much, Jon, for making it.

  • # Ciuineas ~ Kathy on 28 May 2007

    Outstanding documentary!! You did a fantastic job capturing the true behind the scenes look at the many challenges and frustrations as well as the triumphs and rewards in the making of Beowulf and Grendel. You have much to be proud of!!

    Thank you for your dedication, hard work and generosity.

    Peace and Serenity

  • # Maureen Butler on 31 May 2007

    Just sent you an E-mail Jon after having received both packages. It was worth the wait! Won’t repeat all my encomium here (much has already been stated) – I loved it and I thank you, Sturla, the production team, cast and crew for “educating them” … as it were!!

    Break a leg!!!

    Maureen Butler

  • # Margaret Wernerspach on 03 Jun 2007

    Jon, I Saw B & G and loved it! After watching Wrath of Gods, I have more respect for what film makers, cast and crew have to endure, at times. I’m also a Gerry fan (who isn’t?).
    Thanks, for making this available and I wish you all, more success!

  • # Irina on 08 Jun 2007

    Hi everybody! I think that Wrath of Gods is great film! I loved the interview with Gerard , i love Gerard:)) I wait DVD with impatience!
    From Russia with love,

  • # Mary Jean Vena on 08 Jun 2007

    I was sooo happy to receive the dvd. I thoroughly loved the B&G movie, and appreciated it even more after viewing this documentary.
    I was very happy to see that at the latter part of the film, there was a scene from the Toronto Film Festival and I was filmed. It was a very special moment when I embraced Gerry Butler, (who I am a Gerry fan). I watched this on my 50th birthday, and boy what a wonderful gift.

    Thanks a million,

    Mary Jean Vena

  • # Valkyree on 12 Jun 2007

    Awesome Documentary!
    Beautifully filmed… I especially loved seeing how positive of an attitude STURLA GUNNARSSON had during the entire project. He is definitely a “glass half-full” type of individual. His outlook definitely brought the movie Beowulf & Grendel to it’s completion and success. I loved the movie and the documentary… and of course, any glimpses of Gerard Butler are appreciated! Great job to all!

  • # Michelle Strauss on 21 Jun 2007

    Wow, what a film!
    As a “film-widow” (wife of husband employed in film industry, who rarely sees husband when in production), this documentary actually made me feel better! For all the nights my husband is not home for family time, for all the difficult hoops we jump through to try and have the semblance of a “normal” family existence despite my husband’s crazy career choice…. this documentary reminded me that for all the sacrifices crew members make (and there are many) – it is worth it; to see someone’s artistic view through to the end and to be part of a collaboration that tells a good story. It’s funny, when people enter the movie theatre and buy their ticket, they most often have NO IDEA what truly goes into filmmaking: guts, sweat, tears and fierce determination… not to mention a bucket-load of patience and a truck-load of stamina. Kudos to all involved in the making!!

  • # Angie on 23 Jul 2007

    Jon, thank you so much for this rare glimpse into independent, on location filmmaking. It was a true test of character for the cast and crew to follow Sturla (who I’m convinced is barking mad) repeatedly into the fray. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time watching the story unfurl. Since I had already seen Beowulf & Grendel, it never occurred to me to compare your film with the heartbreaking “Lost in La Mancha”. But the frank talk and the rawness of the film coupled with real risks. Some indies about filmmaking are so boringly self-indulgent they’re not worth mentioning, but this one is a keeper. I never buy DVD’s any more so that tells you how precious “Wrath” is to me. Before you get a big head about all the awards and accolades on the independent film circuit, never forget that nowhere else at the present moment can an an ordinary woman have one solid, nearly undisturbed hour with Gerry.

    “…for a whiter, brighter smile, use Iceberg”

    Congratulations again, Jon!


  • # Tom McNulty on 29 Jul 2007

    I thought I heard it all with El Mariachi and Robert Rodriquez surrendering naked in an animal cage being subjected to weird experiments to raise money for his film… this story tops that…a great movie with a minimal budget because hell the actors weren’t paid from the film so what could have trickled down to the behind the scenes documentary? This is a must see for any aspiring filmmaker who has an eye for filming… who owns a decent digital camera and who has a friend filming a movie inside of a volcano or on Mars or some other inhabitable place… Storm chasers, the people driving into the eye of hurricanes don’t get video as interesting as this films footage.


Written by Jon Gustafsson

May 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

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  1. “Wrath of Gods” should be required or encouraged viewing to all those in film school or pursuing filmmaking in any form.


    March 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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