Stavanger braces for ’embarrassing’ footage

A Norwegian documentary film maker is predicting a mortifying evening for many Stavanger residents this Saturday when state broadcaster NRK provides a candid insight into the city’s weekend nightlife.

Stavanger braces for 'embarrassing' footage
NRK Screenshot

Johan Mihle Laugaland and a team of camera operators spent the evening of November 19th observing the city in the company of an ambulance driver, a police officer, a volunteer street patroller, a taxi driver, a group of girls and a pub musician, NRK reports.

“There are probably going to be some people who feel a bit embarrassed, and there will be those who recognize themselves,” said Laugaland.

With a trailer for the half-hour documentary rapidly racking up “shares” on social media site Facebook, it seems there’s plenty of viewer interest in the excesses of a Saturday night in Norway’s third largest city.  

While the footage is peppered with images of drunken youths fighting or flashing their flesh for the cameras, the director was keen to point out that he also captured the finer sides of the city.

“Saturday night is a high point for people and there’s a lot of happiness, laughter, smiles and French kissing on show in the programme. We hope we manage to put forward both sides of the coin,” said Laugaland.

According to police chief Odd Tveit Jørgensen, the short film paints a fair picture of Stavanger at the weekend.

“This is a regular Saturday night in a Norwegian town,” he told NRK.

View trailer here.

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Norwegian reality show introduces sexual consent rule for contestants

The latest series of Paradise Hotel in Norway has introduced an on-screen consent requirement for contestants planning on having sexual contact following allegations of abuse on the Swedish version of the show.

Norwegian reality show introduces sexual consent rule for contestants
The show has introduced on-screen consent requirements. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Contestants in the latest series of Paradise Hotel, which aired on Monday night, will require contestants to demonstrate on-screen with a thumbs up to the camera that they consent to any sexual activity.

“We were told from day one that if we were to have sex, we had to consent with a thumbs up to the camera from both parties,” Stian Trulsen, a contestant on the hit reality series, told newspaper VG

Earlier this year, it was alleged that a male contestant abused two female participants on the Swedish edition of the show. Swedish prosecuting authorities are investigating the alleged abuse. 

Christian Meinseth, program manager for production company Nent which makes the show, said the new rules weren’t directly introduced because of what happened on the Swedish programme. 

“No, but we have, of course, worked with the series and looked at our practices around the format, so we ensure that Paradise Hotel is both a good watch and fun to be a participant in,” Meinseth told VG. 

“We are very concerned about the participants’ safety, and we have not had any challenges around the new rules,” Meinseth added. 

The program manager added that the production company wanted the show to reflect a more modern approach to sex. 

“At the same time, we are also careful to monitor language use and how the participants describe each other. Everyone should show respect for each other, and there will be more focus on the game itself. Viewers can look forward to an exciting and entertaining season,” he said. 

The 15th season of the show, which has been on Norwegian tv screens since 2009, will also include a “paradise talents” week where there is a focus on inner values as part of several on-screen and off-screen measures to try and promote more healthy sexual relationships.