Digital / Streaming 8 NOV 2019

SKY “BRITANNIA” WILL PRE-LAUNCHED IN VR

The fans of the original original drama will be able to watch “Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind”, Sky VRs brand new experience available on SteamVR and coming soon to the Oculus store.

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Ahead the premiere of series two of Sky original anarchic drama “Britannia”, fans of the show will be able to get closer to the genre-bending, psychedelic world with the launch of “Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind”, Sky VRs brand new experience available now on SteamVR and coming soon to the Oculus store.

Created by the multi-award-winning writer Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson, “Britannia” brings a moment of our history to life like never seen before on TV. It’s a tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men, powerful women, all told with humour, heart and violence.

“Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind” was created by Sky VR Studios and developed by Hammerhead. It uses cutting-edge VR photogrammetry and volumetric capture techniques and worked with Dimension studios to realistically capture the visually stunning sets, props and cast which included MacKenzie Crook, Liana Cornell, Ben Bailey Smith and Steve Pemberton. In the VR experience fans can choose to be immersed in a world of Druid magic and mysticism or enter an intoxicating world of Roman imperialism and power. Throughout the experience they will be presented with several fun and engaging unique interactions.

The first choice they will need to make is whether to drink wine from a Roman goblet or inhale the magic smoke from a Druid bowl of plant and flowers. If they inhale the Druid concoction, they learn the druid ways with Ania (Liana Cornell) and join tranced out dancers at a dark rave in the woods. Dressed as a druid they will witness the intense power of Veran (Mackenzie Crook), as he leads the druids to resist the Daemon of Rome.

 

If they drink wine from the Roman goblet, they become immersed in a world of Roman imperialism and power as they worship the Roman Gods with Rufus (Ben Bailey Smith). They will be able to bathe in a luxurious bath, pour liquid silver to make money, dress as a Roman soldier as well as witness the pomp and ceremony of Emperor Claudius (Steve Pemberton) and his five-tonne elephant enter the Roman Oppida.

Neil Graham, Executive Producer for Sky VR and Sky Cinema said: “We are delighted to bring the world of ‘Britannia’ to life through this truly immersive interactive VR experience. By blending cinematic and game production techniques, we are able to truly showcase the epic scale and ambition of ‘Britannia’. Working together with Vertigo and Hammerhead we are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to create together”.

Simon Windsor, Joint Managing Director, Hammerhead & Dimension, “’Britannia VR’ continues our work creating highly realistic and emotive immersive experiences - bringing fans into the world of ‘Britannia’ to interact and experience the drama and magic as though there themselves. Sky's pioneering approach to new volumetric production techniques helps connect fans with the characters and their stories in powerful new ways and we're thrilled with our latest collaboration.”

Series two is written by Jez Tom and John-Henry Butterworth. Produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges and executive produced by Vertigo Films’ James Richardson; and Neal Street Production's Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown with Jez and Tom Butterworth.

“Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind” is one of many Sky VR experiences created for Sky original productions which include “A Discovery of Witches” and “Curfew”. “Britannia VR: Out of Your Mind” was directed by Kim-Leigh Pontin and produced by Daniel Bougourd, Neil Graham and Kim-Leigh Pontin for Sky.  Steve Jelly, Sally Blake and Simon Windsor lead the production for Hammerhead.

All ten episodes of Britannia series two are available now on Sky and TV streaming service NOW TV and the VR series is available now on SteamVR and will be launching soon on the Oculus store.

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