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First single shot live broadcast feature film coming to Tyneside Cinema

Posted in Film on Sep 10, 2018

The morality of war past and present explored in Bloodyminded: the UK's first single shot live broadcast feature film, coming to Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema this October. 

For one night only on October 14th the UK's first ever interactive feature film will be broadcast live online and at cinemas around the UK, including Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema, as part of the final season of 14-18 NOW: Centenary Art Commissions.

Created by four-times BAFTA nominated art company Blast Theory and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's art  programme for the First World War centenary and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Bloodyminded will take audiences on a moving and disturbing interactive journey that asks us to make our own decisions about the morality of war.

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 Calls and God's Own Country as well as the BAFTA-winning television series Peaky Blinders

Bloodyminded has been inspired by research into WW1 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.

Mixing fact and fiction, Bloodyminded invites audiences to interact via an app, responding to questions directed to them by a narrator who 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 Adams of Blast Theory says: "We’ve always invited audiences to explore social and political questions – from the covert data collection techniques of the tech giants; to the ethics of undercover surveillance by the police. Now we're exploring war, starting with one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.

"More than 16,000 men refused to enlist in World War One, claiming status as conscientious objectors and, in many cases, paying a heavy price for their decision. 73 men died.

"Although they were accused of cowardice, many conscientious objectors displayed incredible bravery and earned the respect of fighting men. In Bloodyminded, we want viewers to share their own experiences of violence and bravery.”

Laura McDermott, Creative Director at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, says: “Blast Theory are serial innovators who always find a unique form for their ideas. We are proud to be co-commissioners of Bloodymindedtheir latest project with 14-18 Now. True to the spirit of our programme, this live interactive film will provide a space for critical reflection on conflict and resistance. Audiences will be asked to consider the ethics behind what it means to engage in combat, or to refuse to fight.”

Blast Theory is no stranger to the challenges of live filmmaking. In 2015 they created My One Demand, the world’s first interactive film shot and streamed live in a single two-hour take. In the process, simultaneously pushing the boundaries of what cinema could be and how audiences could influence it as well as achieving a world first in cinema history.

Bloodyminded is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Blast Theory is thrilled to have Pathfinder International as Media Partner, the leading resettlement magazine for the UK’s Armed Forces.

Bloodyminded will screen at Tyneside Cinema on Sunday 14 October at 16:15. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked at tynesidecinema.co.uk/bloodyminded, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at Tyneside Cinema’s Box Office.

Bloodyminded forms part of Tyneside Cinema’s The Fog of War season, a season which marks Centenary of World War One with a selection of some of the most evocative war films ever made, including an Armistice Day screening of All Quiet On The Western Front and a live satellite screening of Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old.


The Fog Of War full programme

Blast Theory: Bloodyminded - Sunday 14 October, 16:15

They Shall Not Grow Old plus live satellite Q&A with Peter Jackson – Tuesday 16 October, 18:00

Gallipoli – Tuesday 23 October, 18:30

The Thin Red Line: 35mm 20th Anniversary Screening – Sunday 4 November, 16:00

Paths of Glory – Wednesday 7 November, 18:30

Armistice Day screening: All Quiet On The Western Front - Sunday 11 November, 5.30pm

Le Grand Illusion – Sunday 18 November, 15:00

Frontline #7: The Fog of War: Erase & Forget plus discussion with Andrea Luka Zimmerman - Tuesday 20 November, 18:00

The Big Red One – Sunday 25 November, 15:00

To book tickets for The Fog Of War season, please click here.