Easter Rising:

Voice of a Rebel

VRTOV / BBC Learning / Crossover Labs

2016

Directed by Oscar Raby

Step into one man’s memories, into a moment that changed Irish history forever – the 1916 Easter Rising. 

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel lets users step into the memories of Willie McNeive and journey back in time to a moment that changed Irish history forever: the Easter Rising of 1916. Through VR, users travel with Willie, back to Dublin, when he was 19 years old. Willie was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and felt deeply that Ireland should be separate from Britain, free to be its own independent democratic republic. His feelings were so strong that he took chose to take part in the Easter Rising – a violent, armed insurgence where thousands of Republican men and women occupied key sites in Dublin, proclaiming the Irish Republic. This uprising became increasingly chaotic and bloody, culminating after six days with the rebel leaders surrendering. Hundreds of British soldiers, civilians and rebels died.

The VR experience makes use of McNieve’s eye witness account – a recording of which lay undiscovered for over 30 years.

Through a remarkable, and very personal insight into this a key moment in European history, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel presents an artistic journey into the memory of an ordinary man who was swept up into an extraordinary event.

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Cast and Credits 

Directed by
OSCAR RABY

Cast
Willie McNeive
LIAM CUNNINGHAM
Narrator
JENNIFER SAAYENG

Music
THE HIGH LLAMAS

BBC

Senior Producer – DAN TUCKER
Producer – CATHERINE ALLEN
Executive Producer – MICHAEL TUFT
Commissioned by – CHRIS SIZEMORE and SINÉAD ROCKS
Production Coordinator – NINA THOMAS
Production Manager – IMOGEN STRINGER
Production Assistant – TANIKA CATO
Researcher – NATALIE FOX

CROSSOVER LABS

Executive Producer – MARK ATKIN
Production Assistant – TOM MILLEN

Additional Music by
CHRIS O’NEILL

“Grandad’s 1916”
Written by Sean O’Hagan
Performed by The High Llamas

Academic Consultants
Richard Grayson
Wallace McDowell

Archive
British Library Board
National Library of Ireland
Getty Images
Bridgeman Images
Mary Evans Picture Library

With Thanks To
Liam McNeive and the McNeive Family

VRTOV

Producer – KATY MORRISON
3D Artist – KALONICA QUIGLEY
Unity Developer – JOE TABOR
3D Scan Cast – KATE GREGORY, MIKEY HILL,
THOMAS MILTON,EMILY TOMLINS
and JESSE VELIK
Additional 3D Artists – JOSH BRADBURY
and BARNABY REILLY WILLIAMS
Additional Unity Developer – BRAD HAMMOND
Audio Integration – LOKI DAVISON
Sound Design and Additional Music – CHRIS O’NEILL, FROSTFIRE AUDIO
Production Assistant – JESS LININGTON