Norway terror attacks to become TV drama

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Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
A memorial on Utøya to the 69 killed three years after the atrocity on July 22nd 2011. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

A team of film directors and journalists are soon set to start work on a television series about the 2011 terror attack in Oslo by Anders Behring Breivik.


Film directors Sara Johnsen and Pål Sletaune are working with two journalists on a script for a drama series about the July 22nd terror tragedy.

Sletaune said to Aftenposten: “We are working on a project where the July 22nd attack is one of the elements. It is meant as a portrait of Norway seen through these events.”
On his team Sletaune has, beside his wife Sara Johansen, two former journalists from Aftenposten, Ola Henmo  and Kjetil Østli.

The concept of the series, according to Sletaune, is to see how Norwegian society reacted in the aftermath of the attacks. The series will not be directly focused on Anders Behring Breivik nor be a reconstruction of the terror events.
Sletaune said: “The action is based on the different sectors of society involved, like hospitals, police and the media.”
Both Johnsen and Sletaune got their breakthrough as film creators in 1997. Sletaune with the movie “Budbringeren” (“The Messenger”) and Johansen with “Upperdog”.
Sletaune points out that they are still early in the process and that neither who will star in the TV series or a launch date are thought through yet.
Head of the Drama department in NRK, Ivar Køhn, says that the series may be ready for the TV screen in the next four to five years.



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