Henning Hopland

Director and writer for television and film

Geir Henning Hopland is a director and script writer born in Bergen, Norway.

Geir has recently directed The Lawyer, a concept by creator of The Bridge, Hans Rosenfeldt and the internationally bestselling author Jens Lapidus, with Academy Award nominee Nicklas Wikström Nicastro as producer for SF Studios.

He has directed the pilot and eight episodes of the show Acquitted, which was the biggest ever launch for TV2 and has been nominated for four Golden Screen Awards in Norway, including Best Director. Prior to that Hopland directed seven episodes of the biggest drama export and current hit show from Norway, Lilyhammer, starring Steven Van Sandt, which won The Golden Nymph in Monte Carlo.

Geir was nominated for two Golden Screen, Best Direction and Best Script, for the critically successful Buzz AldrinWhat Happened to You in All the Confusion? Filmed in the Faroe Islands and Norway, it was nominated for 9 Golden Screens in Norway and won three prizes.

Geir directed Magnus for NRK, filmed in English and Norwegian and most recently directed Bloodride, Netflix's Norwegian horror anthology series.




  • Vidar Magnussen
  • Magnus - arguably the worst investigator in the police - gets the task of solving a murder riddle which simply literally is out of this world.

    Creator Hans Rosenfeldt, Jens Lapidus, Michael Hjort
    Producer Nicklas Wikstrom Nicastro
    Writer Maria Karlsson, Oliver Dixon, Karin Gidfors
  • Alexander Karim
  • Malin Buska
  • Thomas Bo Larsen
  • Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
  • A successful Swedish defense attorney discovers his firm’s most important client is responsible for the murder of his parents.

    SF Studios for Viaplay/Studiocanal

    A police detective is trying to locate his missing daughter, while solving other cases.

    Second series of the Norwegian crime drama

    Miso Films for TV2
    In development
    Acquitted: Series 1
    Nominated: Golden Screen Award, Best Direction
    5 x 60'
    Producer Jonas Allen
    Writer Anne Bache-Wiig & Siv Rajendram Eliassen
  • Nicolai Cleve Broch
  • Lena Endre
  • Synnove Macody Lund
  • Tobias Santelmann
  • Norwegian crime drama about a man returning home having been acquitted for the murder of his high school sweetheart 20 years earlier

    Miso Films for TV 2
    Lilyhammer: Series 2
    Winner: Best TV Show Golden Screen
    3 x 60'
    Producer Anders Tangen
    Writer Eilif Skodvin, Tomas Solli & Steven Van Zandt
  • Trond Fausa
  • Steinar Sagen
  • Fridtjov Såheim
  • Henriette Steenstrup
  • Second series of the Norwegian comedy crime drama

    Rubicon TV AS for NRK 1, Netflix
    Lilyhammer: Series 1
    Nominated: Golden Screen, Best TV Show
    4 x 60'
    Producer Trond Berg-Nilssen & Agnete Thuland
    Writer Anne Bjørnstad, Eilif Skodvin & Steven Van Zandt
  • Trond Fausa
  • Kyrre Hellum
  • Marian Saastad Ottesen
  • Steinar Sagen
  • Norwegian comedy crime drama about a New York mob boss forced to move to Lillehammer after informing on his associates 

    Rubicon TV AS for NRK1, Netflix


    Writer & Director 

  • Adrienne Diana Bobis
  • Maja Bohne Johnsen
  • Jesper Lind
  • Vidar Magnussen
  • Black comedy about a group of four male friends who form a singles club

    NRK Barne for NRK 2
    Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All The Confusion?
    Nominated: Golden Screen Best Script and Best Direction
    4 x 60'
    Producer Rune Denstad Langlo, Sigve Endresen, Brede Hovland & Yngve Sæther
  • Annfinnur Heinesen
  • Bjarne Henriksen
  • Annika Johannesen
  • Pål Sverre Hagen
  • Television series based on the novel by Johan Harstad about a gardener who is obsessed by being second best in life

    Motlys for NRK 1



    Producer Henrik Bastian Borg
    Writer Jørn Kurt Bergo
  • Hedda D. Asperheim
  • Anna Bache-Wiig
  • Ingeborg Bolstad
  • Anderz Eide
  • Short film about two journalists investigating the disappearance of two German tourists at a remote village 

    Graceland Film Company
    Producer Finn Gjerdrum & Torleif Hauge
    Writer Kristin Skogheim
  • Charlotte Frogner
  • Bjarne Hjelde
  • Jesper Lind
  • Bjarte Tjøstheim
  • Short film about an actress who is rehearsing the Doll's House and decides that life with Ibsen is meaningless

    Paradox Spillefilm

    Writer & Director 

    Producer Erlend Haarr Erikson
  • Vidar Magnussen
  • Morten Rose
  • Kristine Rui Slettebakken
  • Short film about a struggling screenwriter

  • Kari Holtan
  • Benedikte Lindbeck
  • Sjur Midttun
  • Stian Sandnes
  • Noen ganger gjør det vondt (Sometimes It Hurts)
    Winner: Vendome Short Films Festival Audience Award Best Short Film
  • Anderz Eide
  • Charlotte Frogner
  • Vidar Magnussen
  • Short film about a couple breaking up

    Norsk Filminstitutt
    Winner: Best Nordic Short Film
  • Anderz Eide
  • Jon Eikemo
  • Sjur Midttun
  • Short film about a student trying to avoid paying back his student loan, who enlists the help of his father to avoid his creditors

    Plassmangel (Shortage of Space)
    Winner: Golden Centaur Award Best Festival Film
    Producer Yngve Sæther
  • Kjersti Fjeldstad
  • Silje Marie Korsnes
  • Vidar Magnussen
  • Sjur Midttun
  • Short film about an overcrowded hospital corridor