The Bergen area has hosted an unprecedented number of international film and tv drama productions this July, driven by Norway's new film incentive, the region's unique locations, the regional fund, and Bergen's cultural heritage.
Shetland, a crime drama produced by ITV Studios Scotland for BBC, shot in and around Bergen with a local crew of 40. Production services were provided by Blinkfilm and local co-producer Njål Lambrechts. The crime drama stars Douglas Henshall as detective inspector Jimmy Perez, and Alison O'Donnell as detective sergeant Alison MacIntosh. The production received backing from the Zefyr Media Fund and Norway's new 25% Cash Rebate. Zefyr is the second largest regional fund for audiovisual production in the Nordic area, and manages both state funding and private equity.
Currently shooting in Bergen is Epix' Berlin Station. Local partners are Truenorth, and 200 local bergeners are in front of and behind the camera. The espionage drama stars Richard Armitage, Leland Orser, Richard Jenkins, and is produced by Paramount Television together with Studio Babelsberg, Anonymous Content and others. Truenorth is also prepping a shoot at the iconic Pulpit Rock for Mission Impossible 6, as well as another international tv drama production, set to shoot in the Nordhordland and Sogn region north of Bergen in September and October.
July has also seen Das Traumschiff, the German series of television films by ZDF, shooting in Bergen and around the fjords of Møre & Romsdal and Sogn & Fjordane. The film series follows a cruise ship and its characters travelling to places around the world, and after its debut in 1981 it has become one of the most-watched television shows in Germany. Norwegian production services were handled by Nordic Location.
Moreover, the Tollywood film Balakrishnudu, helmed by Pavan Mallela and starring Rohith Nara and Regina Cassandra, has shot in Bergen and throughout Western Norway. The film adds to the impressive list of Indian productions shot in Norway. Production services were handled by Amala Locations.