It was an unusual sight that greeted the Vísir reporter when he entered the cafeteria of Keflavík airport yesterday. A group of people standing outside were covering their ears whilst emergency bells rang urgently on the walls.
Filmmakers and actors from Britain’s BBC television were there to film scenes of the TV movie based on the story ‘Out into the unknown’ by Desmond Bagley, which is set in Iceland. Actually, the ringing of the alarm bells was not in the movie but had been activated by the strong filming lights – perhaps it was a warm up for things to come – then the ringing began to subside.
We had a short talk with Sue Butterworth, production assistant, who said that the BBC team is planning an eight-week stay here. She said the film would be a television series in three fifty-minute parts to be shown first on BBC 1.
There were about twenty British people involved in the film, of which ten are actors. An Icelandic woman, Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir, plays the primary female role; it features other British actors taking lead roles. A group of Icelandic ‘extras’ on the other hand had plenty to do yesterday, as when the aircraft arrives in the country there is a short scene in the cafeteria.
Sue told us that following this, the group would dwell in tents for four nights up in the highlands, where big things happen in the story, and then they will be filming in Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Reykjavík, Krýsuvik, Þingvöllum and beyond.
Facing Photos: GVA
Top: BBC filming people in the airport cafeteria.
Bottom: The film shows the actress Önnu Guðmundsdóttu, one occasional film actress, in the ‘bell scene’.
1. Vísir (1978). ‘Á söguslóðum óvissunnar’ (2nd June 1978 p. 32) © DV ehf.