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 is the UK’s first interactive live streamed feature film, shot in a single take and broadcast to cinemas and online – once and once only. Guided by the narrator, we are asked to consider our own relationship with violence – as individuals and as members of a society that continues to wage wars on our behalf. And as the story unfolds, we are invited to add our thoughts via the Bloodyminded app.
Bloodyminded has been inspired by research into World War One conscientious objectors carried out at the Imperial War Museum, and interviews with British Army veterans who generously shared their experiences of training, frontline combat, banter, bullying and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As the story unfolds in real time, we interact with questions posed to us by Harold, our narrator. 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. Harold, SJ’s great grandfather, asks us to consider our own relationship with violence – as individuals and as members of a society that continues to wage war on our behalf.
Matt says: “Live is exciting and unpredictable. It is dangerous. 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. Today, 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.”
Shot live from an army base, Bloodyminded brings together a production team featuring some of the finest independent film industry talent working in the UK today, including:
- Executive Producer Anna Higgs has worked on Nick Cave biopic 20,000 Days on Earth and British Director 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 will cast the film. Shaheen’s CV includes casting films A Monster Callsand God’s Own Country as well as the BAFTA-winning television series Peaky Blinders.
Bloodyminded is a new work by Blast Theory, 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.