Airdate: Terror Island

SBS has the first documentary that has emerged from Norway about the 2011 tragedy on the island of Utöya, when Anders Breivik gunned down 69 people.

Friday 22 July 2011 is a day that will not be forgotten in Norway.

On the small island of Utöya on Lake Tyrifjorden, just north-west of Oslo, the Labour party was holding its annual summer camp. Hundreds of members of the party’s youth organisation were there to meet their idol, Norway’s former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

That morning, in central Oslo, a van laden with explosives approached an area occupied by many government offices. Eight people lost their lives in the ensuing explosion. The killer, Anders Breivik, then made his way to the camp at Utöya and systematically gunned down 69 people, injuring dozens more.

Terror Island is the first documentary to come out of Norway about that tragic day, chronicling the events leading up to the massacre, and the devastating aftermath. Made by people directly involved in the incident, the documentary tackles the subject head on, in a moving and powerful way.

Terror Island remembers the young people whose lives were lost and those whose lives will be changed forever. From those who survived we learn intimate details of the attack, their feelings, fears, and their extraordinary efforts to escape and survive. With exclusive footage of Breivik’s murderous rampage and the damage of his actions, plus interviews with witnesses and victims, the film shows the best and worst of human nature – from the horror of that day, to the scenes of incredible bravery and compassion.

Tuesday, 17 January at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.


  1. It was a good doco. Very moving.

    Unfortunately there was a huge screw around with the programming right at the end. The screen went black across all SBS channels, and we ended up missing the end.

    Figured people were ringing in offended by the doco. But it’s SBS, that the point of its programming, to show the real world.

    At least they stream it afterwards.

  2. the words from the survivors were powerful and moving
    the rescuers were courageous except that some of the rescuers were not featured -rescuers who were women, a lesbian couple in fact, who saved forty of the young people on the island, making four trips in a boat that had bullet holes in it from anders’ gun – it would have been good to include them in the documentary

  3. Actually Channel 7 showed a doco about the Norway massacre a few months ago featuring interviews with some of the survivors from the island.

    It was on late on a Monday night and I recorded it and watched it the next night and it was crap and felt rushed so hopefully this one will be better.

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