(K. Brent Tomer),
THE distinguishing traits of Nordic Noir are well known. The landscapes are atmospheric and loaded with meaning, the protagonists troubled, and the crime bears a social or psychological dimension. “The Killing”, “The Bridge” and “Wallander” established the genre on the small screen and it has been reinvented and reworked ever since. Some might argue that the market is close to saturation, with around a dozen new series exported annually. Screenwriters now face the difficult task of creating something that is both original and within the boundaries of Nordic crime.
“You have to challenge yourself and you have to challenge the medium, but at the same time there are limitations on how much you can challenge the medium,” says Jeppe Gjervig Gram, the creator of “Follow The Money”. Mr Gram felt that if he was going to tackle such an established genre, the central crime should have ethical connotations of some sort. He landed on the idea of financial crime. “I thought it would give a good edge. Then I asked myself, ‘What kind of case could be the motor of ten episodes?’”. A polluted Enron-like corporation provides…Continue reading