For one night only on October 14th, Europe’s first ever interactive feature film was broadcast live online and at cinemas around the UK and 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.
Bloodyminded has been inspired by research into World War One conscientious objectors carried out at the Imperial War Museum [London], Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr [Dresden], Bundesarchiv [Berlin], Bibliothèque nationale de France 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 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.
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.
Bloodyminded is a new work by Blast Theory, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Presented online by Boiler Room 4:3 as Digital Presenting Partners. Bloodyminded has been created with the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, The Space and Polden-Puckham. Media Partner, Pathfinder International.