For one night only, on October 14th, Europe’s first ever interactive feature film Bloodyminded was broadcast live from an army base to European cinemas and online. 126,000 people around the world viewed the film online and up to 1,000 people watched on the night in cinemas across Europe. This site is dedicated to hosting a European archive of interviews and research material that inspired the Bloodyminded film.
The story follows SJ as she 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 Europe’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. During the live broadcast, audiences were asked to add their thoughts via the Bloodyminded website.
As the story unfolded in real time, we interacted 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 script writer Matt Adams discovered during his research at the Imperial War Museum, London.
Created by four-times BAFTA nominated Blast Theory, Bloodyminded took audiences on a moving and disturbing interactive journey that asks us to make our own decisions about the morality of war.
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