With the horrific images from the Grenfell Tower Fire still very much in the public consciousness in Britain, Channel 4’s Current Affairs department have commissioned a virtual reality (VR) film titled Grenfell: Our Home.
The film is being produced by independent production company Parable and is set to premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternative Realities exhibition on 7th June, 2018.
The film will combine documentary of interviews shot in 360-degrees with computer animation to focus on the everyday lives of those who called Grenfell Tower home, giving an insight into what they have lost and how it is still affecting them.
Channel 4 and Parable are hoping to create a bold and innovative film which will bring the people behind the news headlines to life and give them a chance to tell their stories, offering a powerful and moving perspective on the devastating events.
David Wise, Parable’s CEO and the Executive Producer of the film, said, “Virtual Reality is often described as ‘the empathy tool’ for its ability to immerse and engage viewers so intensely in other people’s stories and other worlds. The combination of 360 video and beautiful animation will enable the telling of this important story in a way that no other medium can match.”
Siobhan Sinnerton, Commissioning Editor added: “Innovation lies at the core of Channel 4’s remit so we are delighted to be exploring new and interesting ways to deliver the very best storytelling, and journalism. We hope this piece will give our audience a truly unique perspective on what the Grenfell community was like before the fire.”
The film will be directed by Parable’s Creative Director, Jonathan Rudd with animation designed and created by 59 Productions, while acclaimed Icelandic composer Biggi Hilmars composes the music.
Grenfell: Our Home will be released on social media and made available for free on various VR stores. VRFocus will bring you further information on the film as it becomes available.