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Netflix releases world’s first interactive film ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

  • Published at 08:51 pm December 28th, 2018
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Official poster of'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' | Facebook

This is the first interactive film in the world where viewers are invited to make the lead character's choices for him

Making video games turns out to be a dangerous profession in the 1980s-set “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” the first standalone feature film based on Charlie Brooker’s dystopian science-fiction Netflix series “Black Mirror.” This is the first interactive film in the world where viewers are invited to make the lead character's choices for him - decisions that send the plot in different directions.

“The film has more than a trillion unique permutations due to all the potential variants involved,” reports BBC.

According to another recent report by Variety, “Bandersnatch cannot be viewed on Apple TV, Chromecast and some older smart TVs."

The first trailer of “Bandersnatch” came out on YouTube on Thursday, a day before the film’s December 28 release on the streaming platform. The trailer introduces Stefan (Fionn Whitehead), a computer programmer tasked with adapting the fantasy novel “Bandersnatch” into a video game. As he gets increasingly involved with the project, Stefan starts to have strange dreams, which soon fuse into his reality. “Your fate has been dictated,” a woman says in a television screen. “You’re not in control.”

David Slade, who had directed Black Mirror’s “Metalhead” episode (season four) has reportedly helmed “Bandersnatch,” but Netflix has not yet confirmed this. The supporting cast includes Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe and Asim Chaudhry.

The British anthology series, which takes a dark view of the impact of modern technology on society, was renewed for a fifth season this year. The season is expected to come out in 2019.

Bandersnatch was a fictional creature introduced by CS Lewis in his 1872 novel “Through the Looking-Glass,” a follow-up to his “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865). The character has since been referenced several times in popular culture and was also the title of a short-lived video game released in United Kingdom in 1984. A Twitter user in November noted that the video game “Bandersnatch” was referenced in “Black Mirror” season three episode “Playtest,” which revolves around a terrifying video game system that blurs the lines between the real and the unreal.

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