DRG has secured the international distribution rights to 22 July, NRK’s six episode drama series exploring how ordinary people responded to the July 22nd 2011 terrorist attack in Norway that was committed by Anders Breivik.
The attack began early on Friday July 22nd when a 2,000-pound homemade fertilizer bomb planted in a car exploded in Oslo’s executive government quarter, killing eight and wounding dozens more. As emergency services raced to the scene, Breivik was making his way to small island hosting youth members of the Norwegian Labour Party. There, he opened fire and killed 69 young adults
22 July is about the people who took immediate action and dealt with the consequences of that terrible day; treating the injured, burying the dead, comforting the grieving and punishing the guilty. The drama series, which was created by Sara Johnsen, stars Alexandra Gjerpen (Young and Promising, Norsemen), Øyvind Brandtzæg (Lauget), Helga Guren (Framing Mom, An Affair), Marius Lien (The 12th Man, Kings Bay) and Ane Skumsvoll (Aber Bergen, Blue Sky Blue). The series is eyed for a 2020 premiere.
“22 July was one of Norway’s darkest days; it had a massive impact on our country and the events shocked the world. But during this terrible time, we witnessed acts both large and small that help define us as individuals and as a nation”, said NRK’s Head of Drama Ivar Køhn, who also serves as an executive producer on the series. “This is a story 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.“
While DRG’s Executive Vice-President of Content Dave Clarke, who secured the rights from NRK, added: “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. Ivar and his team have an excellent reputation for producing top quality, internationally-appealing drama, with titles such as Eyewitness travelling the globe, both as a finished series and format. 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.”