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BBC leaps into VR with “Easter Rising” doc


BBC iWonder, the factual educational brand of the UK pubcaster, has commissioned a virtual reality (VR) documentary on the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection of Ireland in 1916.

The tentatively titled Easter Rising: Voice Of A Rebel VR experience is to retrace the footsteps of 19-year-old Willie McNieve, who took part in the six-day uprising to end British rule in Ireland, through the streets of Dublin.

Utilizing McNieve’s eyewitness testimony, the project will give viewers personal insight while allowing them to experience the moments that led to the attempted establishment of an independent Irish Republic in the throes of the First World War.

Easter Rising, which will be available via the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR platforms later this year, is being created in partnership with London-based prodco Crossover Labs and award-winning multimedia artist Oscar Raby of VRTOV.