Stella Blómkvist Premiere Shatters Viewer Records

The launch of Stella Blómkvist on Icelandic SVOD service Síminn Premium has shattered the previous record set by The Handmaid's Tale, with over 150,000 views recorded in its first week alone, where the population is just 330,000. Based on The Murder In The Ministry by pseudonymous novelist Stella Blómkvist, the first season sees the titular heroine, played by Heida Reed (Poldark), follow a seedy trail of sex, murder and blackmail that leads her into a twisted maze of ruthless corruption at

Icelandic Heroine Stella Blómkvist Heads To Viaplay

Sagafilm’s new six-part drama Stella Blómkvist, starring Heida Reed (Poldark) and directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson (Trapped), has been picked up by Nordic streaming service Viaplay as part of their push into original programming. The Stella Blómkvist novels follow a hard-nosed lawyer who takes on mysterious murder cases and delves into the murky waters of Icelandic politics. The first book by the pseudonymous Stella Blomkvist, The Murder in the Ministry, will form the basis for the first series. Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, head

Stella Blomkvist: A Sexy Sam Spade With A Law Degree

Óskar Thór Axelsson, one of the directors of Trapped (Ófærð) has been brought on board by Sagafilm to oversee an adaptation of the Stella Blomkvist novels which follows a hard-nosed lawyer who takes on mysterious murder cases and delves into the murky waters of Icelandic politics. The first book by the pseudonymous Stella Blomkvist, The Murder in the Ministry, will form the basis for the first series. Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, head writer for the series told Variety: "She manages, somehow, to

Prisoners & Under The Tree Sweep Edda Awards

At the Reykjavik Hilton on Sunday, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy presented the 19th Edda Awards, which were dominated by hit drama Prisoners (Fangar) with ten wins, and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's feature Under The Tree (Undir trénu) with seven. Among its accolades, Prisoners was named Best Drama and Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir was presented with Best Supporting Actress. However, the most moving moment of the evening came in Pétur Ben's acceptance speech for Best Original Score, during which his remembrance of

Prisoners Sets New Record At Iceland’s Edda Awards

The Icelandic Film and Television Academy has revealed its nominees for the 19th Edda Awards, which will be presented during a gala ceremony at the Reykjavik Hilton on 25th February. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's Under The Tree (Undir trénu) leads the film entries with twelve nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, with Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s debut feature The Swan (Svanurinn) earning nine nominations. Meanwhile, Prisoners (Fangar) has secured a record fourteen Edda nominations, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, but for Best