Norskov and the Logic of Place: The Soft Effect of Local Danish TV Drama Production
Keywords:Provinciality, location studies, cartographic branding, re-imagined communities, TV crime drama, intertextual consciousness
AbstractIn this article, we analyse locality and locations in recent Danish TV crime drama with the series Norskov as a representative case. The series’ mode of production is rooted in the Danish broadcaster TV 2’s regional obligations and it illustrates a broader tendency in local TV drama production. The article introduces the concepts intertextual consciousness, stories from below and cartographic branding, and refers to the notion of re-imagined communities as a local administrative result of drama production and broadcast. The findings of the article are based on production and location analyses with primary focus on the series’ preproduction stage as well as empirical data material such as interviews, documents from the production process and material from the municipality of Frederikshavn (the location of Norskov), manuscript versions, and textual and visual material from the cinematographer and the location manager. Finally, the article combines provinciality and the notion of re-imagined communities in order to evaluate the effect of local drama production.
Anderson, Benedict (1983). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
Barthes, Roland (1964). “Rhétorique de l'image.” Communications 4(4): 40-51.
Bordwell, David (1985). Narration in the Fiction Film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
Bruun, Hanne, Frandsen, Kirsten and Søndergaard, Henrik (2000). “Indledning.”, In TV 2 på skærmen – analyser af TV 2s programvirksomhed, edited by Hanne Bruun, Kirsten Frandsen and Henrik Søndergaard, 9-26. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur.
Bruun, Hanne (2011). “Genre in media production.” MedieKultur (27)51: 22-39. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/mediekultur.v27i51.4068.
Bruun, Hanne (2016). “The Qualitative Interview in Media Production Studies.” In Advancing Media Production Research: Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics, edited bu Chris Paterson et al, 131-46. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Caldwell, John Thornton (2008). Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Campbell, Donna (2003). “Realism and Regionalism.” In A Companion to the Regionalism of Literatures of America, edited by Charles S. Crow, Charles S., 92-110. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.
Christensen, Jørgen Riber and Kim Toft Hansen (2015). “Northern Jutland as an Intertextual Location: Hyperrealities in Peripheral Denmark.” In Non-Place: Representing Placelessness in Literature, Media and Culture, edited by Helle T. Nielsen et al., 259-80. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Christensen, Jørgen Riber and Kim Toft Hansen (2016). “Norskov: et andet Frederikshavn.” Passage 76: 59-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/pas.v31i76.25238.
Crookes, Philip and Patrick Vittet-Philippe (1986). Local Radio and Regional Development in Europe (EIM Media Monographs). Luton: University of Luton Press.
Eco, Umberto (1997). “Innovation and Repetition: Between Modern and Post-Modern Aesthetics.” In Reading Eco, edited by Rocco Capozzi, 14-33. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Eiersted, Rico (2016). Telephone interview conducted by Kim Toft Hansen, August 8th, 2016.
Falkheimer, Jesper and André Jansson (eds.) (2006). Geographies of Communication. The Spatial Turn in Media Studies. Göteborg: Nordicom.
Genette, Gérard (1982/1997). Palimpsests. Literature in the Second Degree. University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln.
Hansen, Birgit S. (2015). Interview conducted by Jørgen Riber Christensen and Kim Toft Hansen, Frederikshavn, December 8th, 2015.
Hansen, Kim Toft and Anne Marit Waade (2017). Locating Nordic Noir. From Beck to The Bridge. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in press).
Hébert, John R. and Patrick E. Dempsey (1984). Panoramic maps of cities in the United States and Canada: a checklist of maps in the collections of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. Washington: Library of Congress.
Honthaner, Eve Light (2010). The Complete Film Production Handbook. Waltham, Massachusetts: Focal Press.
Hutchings, Peter (2016/2001). “Beyond the New Wave: Realism in British Cinema 1959-1963.” In The British Cinema Book, edited by Robert Murphy, 304-12. London: BFI Palgrave.
Iversen, Dorthe Sevelsted (2015). Interview conducted by Jørgen Riber Christensen and Kim Toft Hansen, Aalborg, May 11th 2015.
Jensen, Dunja Gry (2011). “På sporet af en krimi serie – de første noter” (dated September 2011, unpublished).
Jensen, Dunja Gry (2012). “Norskov, konceptoplæg, DGJ, april 12” (dated April 2012, unpublished).
Jensen, Dunja Gry (2015). Interview conducted by Jørgen Riber Christensen and Kim Toft Hansen, Aalborg September 16th 2015.
Jensen, Dunja Gry (n.d.). “Kære Frederikshavn” (unpublished).
Jensen, Dunja Gry (2016). Email correspondence with the authors, February 2nd 2016.
Jensen, Pia Majbritt and Anne Marit Waade (2013). “Nordic Noir Production Values: The Killing and the Bridge”. Academic Quarter 7: 189-201.
Mah, Alice (2014). Port Cities and Global Legacies Urban Identity, Waterfront Work, and Radicalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
McCorristine, Shane (2011). “The Place of Pessimism in Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander Series.” In Scandinavian Crime Fiction, edited by Andrew Nestingen and Paula Arvas, 77-88. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
Moilanen, Teemu and Seppo Rainisto (2008). How to Brand Nations, Cities and Destinations: A Planning Book for Place Branding. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Moores, Shaun (2012). Media, Place & Mobility. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Morley, David and Kevin Robins (1995). Spaces of Identity: Global Media, Electronic Landscapes and Cultural Boundaries. London: Routledge.
Nielsen, Poul Erik (2000). “Dansk tv-fiktion i det nationale bakspejl – TV 2’s bidrag.” In TV 2 på skærmen – analyser af TV 2s programvirksomhed, edited by Hanne Bruun, Kirsten Frandsen and Henrik Søndergaard, 9-26. Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur.
Peacock, Steven (2014). Swedish Crime Fiction: Novel, Film, Television. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Reijnders, Stijn (2009). “Watching the Detectives: Inside the Guilty Landscapes of Inspector Morse, Baantjer and Wallander.” European Journal of Communication 24(2): 165-81. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323108101830.
Roberts, Les (2012). Film, Mobility and Urban Space, Lancaster: Liverpool University Press.
Robins, Kevin (1989). “Reimagined Communities? European Image Spaces, Beyond Fordism.” Cultural Studies 3: 45-161.
Schwarzer, Mitchell (2004). Zoomscape: Architecture in motion and media. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Sodano, Todd M. (2015). “It Was TV: Teaching HBO’s The Wire as a Television Series.” In The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches in the Humanities, edited by Karen Dillon and Naomi Crummey, 7-31. Jefferson: McFarland and Company.
Tinic, Serra (2005). On Location: Canada's Television Industry in a Global Market. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Waade, Anne Marit (2013). Wallanderland: Medieturisme og skandinavisk tv-krimi. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Waade, Anne Marit (2015). “Local colour: locations in television drama series.” Paper at GeoMedia, May 2015, Karlstad.
Wallensten, Adam (n.d. a). ‘Alt er forbundet’. Unpublished.
Wallensten, Adam (n.d. b). ‘Norskov Format’. Unpublished.
Warf, Barney and Arias, Santa (eds.) (2009). The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge.
TV Series and Films Cited
Call Girl (2012)
En by i provinsen (1977-1980)
Friday Night Lights (2006-11)
Mad Men (2007-2015)
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Spillets regler (1997-1998)
Strisser på Samsø (1997-1998)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
The Wire (2002-2008)
True Detective (2014-2015)
Winter’s Bone (2010)
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2017 Kim Toft Hansen, Jørgen Riber Christensen
Copyrights and publishing rights of all the texts on this journal belong to the respective authors without restrictions.