The Norwegian Film Institute has announced that it will fund two new television dramas – each of which have received the highest television drama grants ever.
The first comes from Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, who previously directed The Wave and has most recently made the Tomb Raider film. He is returning home to direct Fury, which received NOK 6 million. Fury is about Ragna, who goes undercover on the trail of a European network of right-wing extremists to prevent a terrorist attack. Her mission sends her on a journey from a town in Western Norway to the forefront of political battle in Europe.
Fury is written and created by Gjermund S. Eriksen (Mammon).
The second series that has received funding is The Whistleblower, which is created by the Acquitted writing duo Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig. The series received NOK 10 million. The Whistleblower follows a female character who is trying to do her job, but gets caught up in a scandal of a national scale. The main themes are power struggle and corruption.
Honestly, both series sound very similar! It certainly comes off as modern Scandinavian drama, so we’ll be interested to see where it ends up.