The Film

The Indigo Iona Saga and the Settlement of Iceland is a story of emigration, slavery, women and their settlement of Iceland.

The ambitious Viking Queen HerthaLjótólfrdóttir leaves Norway with her fleet to the Norse colonies of Shetland and Orkney Islands to take Celtic slaves to help claim and settle land in Iceland away from the battling Norwegian Kings.

On Queen Hertha’s journey she confronts the warloard Ketill, King of the Isles, and discovers his beautiful slave girl, Iona. Both will influence the outcome of Hertha’s settlement plans in Iceland.

I am particularly interested in the the cross-cultural links between my various heritages from Norway and Scotland and how they connect to the settlement period of Iceland. I feel committed to and passionate about The Indigo Iona Saga and the Settlement of Iceland because the work is relevant to our times.

Women continue to be mariginalized in society in a variety of ways, including being forced to emigrate as a result of war, religious differences, famine and environmental disasters.

As a filmmaker and artist, I am interested in learning more about my female ancestors via the sagas, history, archaeology and migration patterns of the Vikings, in order to better understand their lived experiences and history.

Studying and sharing their stories is an opportunity to increase awareness of the damaging impacts of war, exile, slavery, religious persecution, and famine, as well as the contributions these women made to the greater world narrative of women as leaders in society.

The Cast

Bergdís Júlía Jóhannsdóttir as Iona

Bergdís Júlía Jóhannsdóttir as Iona

Iona (born on an island): Iona is a beautiful Scottish slave girl of Celtic and Pictish ancestry from the Isle of Lewis in Alba (Scotland).

Pier Yves Larouche as Thorsteinn

Pier Yves Larouche as Thorsteinn

Thorsteinn Þórsteinn (Thor’s Rock): Thorsteinn is an Earl from his village, Ketilsstaðir, in East Iceland. He joins forces with Queen Hertha after he marries Iona.

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir as Hertha

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir as Hertha

Hertha (powerful woman) Ljótólfrdóttir: Hertha is a powerful Norwegian Queen who plays the strong matriarch from Niðaróss(Trondheim). Her ambition is to bring her fleet of ships and newly acquired Celtic slaves to the recently discovered « land of fire and ice » Iceland.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact G. Scott MacLeod

“I have tried to define myself in my work through my personal myth or what Joseph Campbell refers to as following one’s bliss (Campbell, 1990 p. 211). This is a metaphor for pursuing one’s life path through the labyrinth, which for me has been a journey via my learning, art and teaching practices.”

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