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NRK preps Norway terror attack drama

22 July looks at the impact of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has ordered a six-part drama that explores how people responded to the terror attacks by Anders Breivik in 2011, with UK-based distributor DRG acquiring sales rights.

22 July (6×60′) was unveiled at the 2019 Göteborg Film Festival and is being produced by NRK Drama, with an air date of 2020.

The show, from filmmakers Sara Johnsen (Framing Mom) and Pål Sletaune (Junk Mail), explores the lives of people who took immediate action and dealt with the consequences of the attacks, including treating the injured and burying the dead.

Ivar Køhn, head of drama at NRK and executive producer, said the show would be “about those acts and about the systems that surround us and shape our daily lives – systems we both act because of, or in spite of. It’s not a story about a terrorist and his inhumane acts. It’s a story about the rest of us.“

Dave Clarke, DRG’s exec VP of content, worked with NRK to secure the rights. He said: “While 22 July is a uniquely Norwegian story, its worldwide impact and universal themes – all sympathetically realised and beautifully filmed by a talented team – will undoubtedly resonate on the international stage.

“DRG has invested a multi-million-pound sum in Scandinavian scripted content in the past two years alone, and this commitment will continue in order to capitalise on demand and secure the very best and most original titles from the region, such as 22 July.”

Netflix released a movie of the same name to its subscribers last year, directed by Paul Greengrass and also about the atrocity.


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