“The film is ready and we just did a screening in London. Among them was Rhys Ifans who starred for example in Notting Hill. He was blown away by the performance of his friend, actor Stefán Jónsson,” film producer Ingvar Thórdarson told visir.is.
Whale Watching. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
He says that the screening of his latest film, Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre went well and was well received by the audience.
Thórdarson mentions the reaction of actor Rhys Ifans who was passing by the screening room and was immediately shanghaied into the room. He went to school with Icelandic actor Stefán Jónsson. They were good friends and even shared an apartment for a while.
Newspaper Fréttabladid recently reported that quite a large number of Icelandic films are coming to the silver screen. RWWM will be the first, scheduled to open on September 4th.
“It cost 250 million ISK to make. We managed that, even if the currency was working against us.”
Thórdarson is not worried about the competition. “Not necessarily. The upcoming films are varied. And then it is the old story that a good film helps the following ones but a bad one deters interest. When Björk made it big, it increased interest in Icelandic music. It’s just a question of quality. Our film is the first of its kind; a thriller with a horror twist. Tourists go on a whale watching tour, which does not have a happy ending.”