Norway terror attacks to become TV drama

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.

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

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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Norway mass killer Breivik changes his name

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, his lawyer said on Friday, the day after the country's Supreme Court rejected the neo-Nazi killer's case over "inhumane" prison conditions.

Norway mass killer Breivik changes his name
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix

“I can confirm that he has changed his name, it's official,” Oystein Storrvik told AFP, confirming reports by the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang (VG).

Asked why Breivik had decided on the name change, Storrvik said: “I do not want to disclose the content of our discussions.”

In July 2011 Breivik, disguised as a police officer, tracked and gunned down 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya, shortly after killing eight people in a bombing outside a government building in Oslo.

He has never expressed any remorse for committing the worst atrocity in Norway's post-war history. He said he killed his victims because they embraced multiculturalism.

Before proceeding with the attacks, he circulated an ideological “manifesto” signed under the name Andrew Berwick.

A search in the Norwegian business register confirms that Breivik Geofarm, an agricultural firm created by Breivik to obtain fertilisers used to make a bomb, is now registered in the name of Fjotolf Hansen.

While Hansen is a very common surname in Norway, Fjotolf is rarely used, if ever.

The now 38-year-old inmate is serving a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended indefinitely.

Breivik has complained about his isolation from other inmates for safety reasons since his arrest in 2011, and sued the Norwegian state over his prison conditions.

His lawyer said on Thursday that he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights after exhausting all legal options in Norway where the Supreme Court refused to hear his case.