Big Fish In Small Ponds

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Blackport – a political thriller set in the remote Westfjords of the 1980s, documents what happens to a small fishing village when the Icelandic fishing quota system is implemented. If this doesn’t sound like the premise of a hit TV show to you – that’s understandable. But Blackport had Icelanders glued to their television sets […]

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Trapped Season Three Premieres in Iceland

There’s something for both local and international viewers in the third series of popular Icelandic TV show Trapped, which premiered in Iceland last night. Familiar faces from Iceland’s music and media scenes will impress Icelanders with their handling of minor roles while beautiful landscape shots will charm Icelandophiles abroad, the guests of a new RÚV podcast on the series argued. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson stars as usual in the role of Detective Andri, this time investigating a murder committed on the property of a religious cult in North Iceland.

The creators of Trapped began working on the third season of the show as early as December 2018. Filming finally began in Siglufjörður, North Iceland in September of last year. Shooting was subject to COVID safety protocols: cast and crew had their temperature taken daily when arriving on set, and a COVID safety supervisor was on set at all times to make sure distancing and mask-wearing regulations were followed.

Eurovision and hip-hop stars feature

Among the musicians featured in the show is former Eurovision singer turned yoga teacher Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir, who is convincing as a meditation guide at the cult. Rock DJ Andrea Jónsdóttir, well-known to locals in Iceland, appears in a bar scene, while hip-hop artist Flóni also appears in the show.

It remains to be seen whether the show’s third series will enjoy as much success as the first two.

Record Year Ahead for Icelandic Film and Television

Ráðherrann The Minister Ólafur Darri

A record number of Icelandic films and television series are scheduled for release in 2021, Icelandic film and TV media outlet Klapptré reports. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more demand for new content and increased government investment in the arts, says Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Film Centre.

A staggering 13 Icelandic films and eight TV series are set to premiere this year, and if they do, it will be a record release year for the country of 368,000. The large amount of new content is partly accounted for by films scheduled to release in 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic. However, Laufey told RÚV additional government funding in response to COVID-19, and the successful management of the local pandemic, have also helped keep production rolling.

Upcoming TV shows include the much-anticipated Katla as well as the third season of beloved show Trapped. One of the local films set to come out this year is Skjálfti, based on the well-received book Grand Mal by Auður Jónsdóttir. It bears to mention, however, that many of the Icelandic films and shows set to be released this year do not have a confirmed release date as of yet.

Laugh Out the Old:
Iceland’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Tradition

Áramótaskaup 2019

Icelandic New Year’s Eve parties are notorious for their ill-advised combination of copious quantities of alcohol and ample access to explosives. Yet amidst the pollution and chaos of the night, every party has a distinct, hour-long lull. The reason is the TV comedy special Áramótaskaupið, which has satirised the top news stories of the year with skits and songs since its debut on radio in the 1940s.

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