BLACKPORT - Iceland
Genre : Drama / Original script / Format 8×55’ / Writer(s): Mikael Torfason / Producer(s): Nana Alfredsdottir, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Nina Dogg Filippusdottir, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Vesturport), Andrew Eaton, Justin Thomson (Turbine Studios) / Development stage: Script. 1.Draft ready / Iceland broadcaster: RUV / International Sales: DR Sales
In a rural Icelandic village in the 1980s, married couple Grimur and Harpa manage to build a small fishing empire along with their friends. These are colorful and prosperous times for anyone associated with the village. But the introduction of a fishing quota system soon limits the fishing rights from the public domain to a few selected ships’ captains. Money and power struggles not only corrupt the community, but also cause the death of Grimur, leaving Harpa as the sole owner of the company and a financial pillar in the village community.
AUTHOR(S) PROFILE AND STATEMENT OF INTENT
BlackPort tells the story of how Iceland became a wealthy nation. Our saga starts in 1983 at a time when almost anyone could become a fishing oligarch. But the fishing industry was in crises and specific species were threatened so the government build a system of an individual fishing quota which later became transferable, which meant that a handful of men owned the fish in the sea. BlackPort tells the story of how all this happened through one small fishing town in Iceland. Everything that we stage in BlackPort happened in real life.
GOALS AT THE EUROPEAN PROJECT AND TALENT FORUM
We are looking for broadcasters, co-producers and/or co-financing. BlackPort tells a local story with global potential. Much of the plot is set on the open ocean, with a small part playing in Rotterdam (or optional other foreign ports). We would be happy to include technical crew, do studio work, VFX and post- production abroad.
Founded in 2001 by a group of artists as a collective platform for producing their own ideas, Vesturport quickly established itself as one of Europe’s most inventive award-winning theatre and film companies with continuous global success. Previous work includes: PRISONERS 2017 (FANGAR) a six-episode TV drama (10 Awards at the Icelandic Academy Awards). HOMECOMING 2015 (Currently being made into TV Series by Showtime) and CHILDREN 2006, (Best Picture at the Icelandic Academy Awards; Golden Swan in Copenhagen).