Friday, April 13, 2018

DR (Danish Broadcasting)


Here's an article in Danish about DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (produced TV series like The Bridge, The Killing). It's handling the international sales for the TV series I'm writing, The Valhalla murders, and that's already been sold to 12 countries, according to DR Sales.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

UNA (Recurrence)

UNA will start it's pre-production in May, to start shooting early 2019. The project has also been selected for Focus Asia in Udine. More here.

The concept drawing is done by art director Solrun Ósk.

Friday, April 6, 2018

TV Series

A TV series I've been working on for over a year with some very talented people got a production grant from the Icelandic Film Center. The Icelandic Broadcasting Service (RÚV), the Danish Broadcasting Service (DR), and a few other international TV channels are already on board.

The grant is 50.000.000 Icelandic Krona, or around 410.000 Euros.

The series, titled The Valhalla Murders, is planned to go into pre-production in May, and start shooting in August. Very excited about this!



Production Grant


My film project UNA (Repetition in English) has been honored with a production grant from the Icelandic Film Center. It's 110.000.000 Icelandic Krona, or over 900.000 Euros. The director is Marteinn Thorsson, and shooting is planned to start early next year. Truly great news!



Sunday, November 5, 2017

TV Interview



I did a TV interview on El Punt Avui, a Catalan TV station. It's in English, 24 minutes long, where I talk about my career, Iceland, and other stuff. You can watch it here.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catalonia


Since I live in Barcelona and have been following the situation here closely, I've been in various interviews in Iceland about the Catalan crisis. Here are some of them: In the TV news on Channel 2, in RÚV, In MBL, and a radio interview in X-ið.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Media

I'm happy to announce that my horror film project, RECURRENCE, recently received a 50,000 euro development grant from Creative Europe Media. The fee will go into further development of the project, which I hope will go into shooting sometime in the near future.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Strategic Partners


Two of my film projects have been chosen to participate in this year's Strategic Partners in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that takes place from 14th to 17th September. It's a big venue where film projects are introduced to possible buyers, sales agents, financiers and film commissions from around the world. Very honored.

Midnight


Recently a project I'm working on with producer/director David Oskar Olafsson was granted the first screenplay grant by the Icelandic Film Centre. It's a psychological thriller called Midnight, takes place in Vancouver in the 80s, and is about a woman who starts working as a late night radio DJ. Can't say much more at the moment - stay tuned.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Canet de Mar





I haven't checked in for a while, been busy working on the TV project The Valhalla Murders. About a month ago, I spent a week in Canet de Mar on Costa Brava with my two friends (director Thordur Palsson and writer Margret Ornolfsdottir), where we mapped out a few episodes of the Nordic noir thriller. Hope to bring some news about the project, or some others, soon!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Valhalla Murders






Today in Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið, there's an interview with director Thordur Palsson about an original TV series I'm working on with him and a great team of others. It's called The Valhalla Murders and might shoot this fall if everything works out. More later.



Monday, April 17, 2017

The Hidden - small update

A few weeks ago, there were auditions in London for my horror movie, The Hidden. Some interesting actors and actresses read and showed interest. Hopefully some of them will be announced in Cannes next month.

Talks with a possible distributor and investors have also started and will probably come clear in the following weeks. Hope to bring you some exciting update on that as well.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Projects Announced






Two of my projects were announced in the Berlinale this year. One is my horror thriller The Hidden that's currently casting in London, possibly being shot next fall. The other one is a TV series called The Valhalla Murders. You can read more about the projects in Variety and ScreenDaily.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Valhalla Murders


Here's a little piece about a TV project I'm currently working on, based on an idea by up-and-coming director Thordur Palsson. Very exciting indeed

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Hidden


The other day, a friend of mine and me did an interview about a project we're working on. It's called The Hidden and being produced by Icelandic companies TrueNorth and Mystery, and UK production company Iron Box.

Funding has started, it was introduced in Toronto last month, and will also be introduced in AFM next month. Casting is also starting, in London and LA. It will be shot largely in Iceland, but the film is in English.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2nd Grant



A film project I'm working on, about the Icelandic 16th Century axe-murderer Axlar-Björn, has been granted the 2nd script grant from the Icelandic Film Center.

Here's a picture from Öxl (in Snæfellsnes), where he lived and killed his victims. A scary setting, perfect for the movie.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sun Cross in French


The French blog Polar des Glaces, which is about Nordic crime fiction, did a very ambitious introduction to my crime novel from 2008, Sólkross or Le Sang d'Odin in French. The blog post details many things related to the plot of the novel and includes pictures from places where the book takes place.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Haugesund


A film I wrote was pitched in Haugesund, Norway, this week:

"Recurrence, dir Marteinn Thorsson, prod Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, DUO Productions (Ice).
Supernatural thriller about a troubled young woman, with a parallel story about another woman in the early 1900s. Thorsson said, “The film is has a similar mood and atmosphere to The Witch and also The Others. I’m big fan of Guillermo Del Toro so it has those fantastical elements. I want to make a supernatural thriller that has substance and appeals to a large audience.” To shoot autumn 2017."

And a project, where I have story-by-credits, was also introduced in Norway:

"The Deposit, dir Asthildur Kjartansdottir, prod Eva Sigurdarddottir, Askja Films (Ice) [pictured]
Complications arise when a bankrupt fortysomething woman rents spare rooms in her gorgeous house to a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan and an illegal immigrant from Uganda with her 6-year-old daughter. Sigurdarddottir, who was the line producer on Rams, said the film is “a drama with a social political edge. It deals with the themes of immigration and the sensitivities and difficulties that arise when locals and immigrants mix, in Iceland this is quite a new phenomenon.” Kjartansdottir has worked with female immigrants in Iceland and drawn from their stories; real immigrants to Iceland will play the two women. To shoot autumn 2017."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Recommended Read


My recently published Macedonian translation of Hnífur Abrahams is being recommended as one of three books to read this summer by popular Macedonian news page CRNOBELO.



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction






I'm honored to have been entered into this year's edition of the Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction. My entry is on p. 228-9 and can be read here.