A Leicester based arts organisation has beaten other National hopefuls to win a prestigious award for their work in Virtual Reality.  Metro-Boulot-Dodo (MBD), based at LCB Depot in Leicester City Centre, won The VR Expo award for Immersive Theatre for their film Empire Soldiers VR. Other winners at the awards included the Welsh National opera, BBC and Guardian Media Group.

Empire Soldiers VR tells the story of the British West Indies regiment in World War One using Virtual Reality technology. Empire Soldiers VR was created and filmed by the MBD team in Leicester.  The film was inspired by the work of local Reggae artist Madu Messenger, who also worked as a consultant on the film.

“We are thrilled to have won a VR Expo Award for Empire Soldiers VR.” says MBD Creative Director, Paul Long.  “This film has such significance this year with the centenary of the end of the war. The stories it tells are just as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. We are really proud to be able to give this important history the recognition it deserves”

MBD is currently working on a second film in the series telling the stories of the South Asian soldiers in World War One.

Empire Soldiers VR will be on tour throughout the UK in 2018. The film will be shown at Newarke Houses in Leicester as part of the Leicester City Festival in August.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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