Nothing to be Written

Part artwork, part documentary, Nothing to be Written tells the stories behind ‘field postcards’ one of the few communication options WWI soldiers had with their families. Nothing was to be written on them as communication was only allowed through the prescribed phrases. Moving, haunting and emotive, the experience is a powerful and poignant exploration of the human stories beyond the edges of the postcards. This award-winning experience is set to an original score by composer Anna Meredith, commissioned by the BBC VR Hub and created by 59 Productions. This project is part of the Future Art and Culture programme at SXSW, presented by British Underground and supported by Arts Council England.

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Lysander Ashton




Director: Lysander Ashton
Executive Producer: Zillah Watson
Producer: Rebecca Collis
Screenwriter: Mark Grimmer
Production Designer: Molly Einchcomb
Sound Designer: Tom Parnell, Christopher Pike, Jack Reynolds at BBC R&D
Music: Anna Meredith
Additional Credits: Commissioned by: BBC VR Hub, Created by: Fifty Nine Productions, Producer for the BBC: Stephen Beckett, Lead Animators: David Curtis, Marco Sandeman, Animators: Laurent de Vleeschouwer, Chris Stoneman, VR Development by: All Seeing Eye, Assistant Designer: Felix Green, Usamah Qaiser, Design Intern: Hannah Schrage, Marta Radecka, Audio Edit: Mike Hatch at Floating Earth, Special Thanks to: Imperial War Museums


Publicity Contact
Rebecca Collis
+44 (0) 20 3137 3807
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Genre: Animated, Documentary, Music, War
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 06:32 mins