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1943: Berlin Blitz

Venice Virtual Reality

Director:
David Whelan
Production:
BBC (Zillah Watson, Peter Rippon, Andy Martin), Immersive VR Education (Sandra Whelan)
Running Time:
14’
Language:
English
Country:
Ireland, Great Britain
Screenplay:
Amy McGarrigle, Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Music:
Karen O’ Doherty
Notes:
Stand Up

Synopsis

In September 1943, BBC war correspondent Wynford Vaughan-Thomas boarded a Lancaster bomber with his recording engineer and a microphone. They documented a terrible ordeal – a major night-time bombing raid over Berlin. Flying to the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, they endured endless flak and a night fighter attack, as they dropped bombs on the city below – a sight described by Vaughan-Thomas as “the most beautifully horrible sight I’ve ever seen”.
1943: Berlin Blitz recreates this fearless report in VR, putting the viewer amid the fear and fire, to present timeless BBC archive material in a brand new way.

Director’s Statement

This is an accurate retelling of one of the most famous bombing raids over Berlin during World War II. What makes this raid special is the fact that this was the first time an actual cockpit recording was created during action as the BBC had placed a war correspondent onboard. This experience uses that audio to recreate history for the end user.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: BBC
Portland Place
W1A 1AA – London, United Kingdom
Tel. 07932062246
zillah.watson@bbc.co.uk

PRODUCTION 2: Immersive VR Education
Unit 9 – Cleaboy Business Park
X91 AX83 – Waterford, Ireland
Tel. +35 3851106823
sandra@immersivevreducation.com

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Richard Bell - BBC
Portland Place
W1A 1AA – London, United Kingdom
richard.bell@bbc.co.uk


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