The UK’s first ever interactive feature film, broadcast live online and at cinemas around Europe.
SJ breaks into an army base to bury the ashes of her great-grandfather, a conscientious objector during World War One. Inside, surrounded by soldiers and the ghosts of past wars, she finds a place where her certainty begins to falter.
Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Bloodyminded was the UK’s first interactive live streamed feature film, shot in a single take and broadcast to cinemas and online – once and once only in October 2018. Guided by the narrator Harold, viewers were asked to consider their own relationship with violence – as individuals and as members of a society that continues to wage wars on our behalf.
Harold is a character developed from a real life conscientious objector called Harold Steele, whose story scriptwriter Matt Adams discovered during his research at The Imperial War Museum. The story also draws on interviews with British Army veterans who generously shared their experiences of training, frontline combat, banter, bullying and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
To find out more about the film, the research behind it and to watch excerpts go to the project website https://www.bloodyminded.org
Matt says: “A live film like this is exciting and unpredictable. From the beginning of Blast Theory we’ve mixed the energy of clubs and gigs with challenging ideas. We create situations where there are no guarantees about what might happen next and you have a direct role in shaping the future. Right now, young people are grasping the moment to create change; whether after the school shootings in Florida or by stopping a plane deporting a refugee in Sweden. Inspired by the conscientious objectors of World War One, in Bloodyminded we want to take that energy into a story about fighting and bravery.”
Transmitted live from an army base, Bloodyminded was made possible by an amazing team of collaborators:
- Executive Producer Anna Higgs has worked on Nick Cave biopic 20,000 Days on Earth and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and A Field in England.
- Cinematographer Ruben Woodin Dechamps has shot music videos for Radiohead and Bonobo.
- Award-winning agent Shaheen Baig cast the film. Shaheen’s CV includes casting films A Monster Calls and God’s Own Country as well as the BAFTA-winning television series Peaky Blinders.
Bloodyminded was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
Presented online by Boiler Room’s 4:3. Created with support from the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, The Space and Polden-Puckham. Media Partner, Pathfinder International.
14-18 NOW is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.