Channel 4 to air cyber-attack found-footage drama ‘Blackout’

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Blackout will combines real user-generated footage, alongside fictional scenes, CCTV archive and news reports to provide “a terrifyingly realistic account of Britain being plunged into darkness” and to tell “the story of how Britain descended into chaos and anarchy without power”.

The official synopsis reads: “The film plots the first five days immediately following a catastrophic nationwide power cut, as experienced by a cast of ordinary characters struggling to feed and protect themselves and their families. These dramatic eyewitness accounts reveal the disastrous impact of a prolonged blackout on hospitals, law and order, transport, and our food and water supply.”

Director Ben Chanan commented: “I’m delighted Channel 4 have commissioned such a bold and experimental programme, cross-cutting actors with video bloggers, shooting drama on mobiles, taking an anarchic approach to filming Britain in anarchy.”

Nick Mirsky, Channel 4’s deputy head of Factual, added: “This is completely new and innovative way to dramatize our total dependence on electricity by asking what would happen if Britain were to be plunged into darkness – not for a few hours, but for five days.”

Blackout will air on Channel 4 next month.

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