Two dead after Norwegian film crew caught in rough waters
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
29/11/2011 - Norwegian police yesterday (Monday, November 28) released the names of two Norwegian film crew who were missing, presumed dead, after a 20-metre high wave threw them into the sea at Egersund on the Norwegian west coast, when they were shooting during stormy weather on Sunday for Norwegian director Paul Magnus Lundø’s feature debut, The Veil of Twilight.
They were 27-year-old producer Daniel Henriksbø and 25-year-old B-photographer Mats Bjarg, both part of a three-member camera team trying to capture dramatic weather scenes when they were caught by rough waters. They all managed to reach shore, but Henriksbø and Bjarg were the hit by the giant wave and washed away.
”It was a terrible accident – the very nightmare for such a production,” Norwegian lead actor Sverre Anker Ousdal told local press. ”On the set we had become like a small family – they were like friends,” added his colleage Jørgen Langhelle. After the accident cast and crew were offered bereavement counselling.
Funded by private investors without support from the Norwegian Film Institute, and produced by Pål Granlund, Jørn Landbakk and Henriksbø for Vidvinkel Film, the €1.1 million The Veil of Twilight was about to complete its principal photography, which started in August on locations in the Sokndal region of the Rogaland.
Scottish actor Ewen Bremner stars with Denmark’s Kim Bodnia and Norway’s Ousdal and Langhelle in the Lundø and Ronnie Larsen-scripted mystery crime thriller set in 1349, following the investigation of a serial killer in a mountain village haunted by trolls and the Black Death. Local premiere is scheduled for August 20, 2012.
Only last month (October 6) Swedish writer, director and producer Danel Lind Lagerlöf disappeared during preparations for the filming of Camilla Läckberg’s The Fjällbacka Murders at Tanumhede in Bohuslän, Sweden. He is presumed to have fallen into the sea from the steep cliffs at the Tjurpannan nature reserve.