Based on meticulous research and real government contingency plans, Blackout combines real and fake user-generated footage, CCTV archive and news reports to build a terrifyingly realistic account of Britain being plunged into darkness. The film plots the first seven 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 food and water supply. In a television first, Blackout brings the ‘What-If’ genre up to date by giving it a found-footage twist. Fictional scenes with professional and non-professional actors are filmed on mobile phones, laptops and camcorders, and seamlessly interwoven with real found-footage recorded during actual power cuts and other emergencies, to create a frighteningly realistic drama.
Anthony Shuster, Ben Chanan, Joe Barton, Kirsty Dillon, Richard Graham, Scarlett Brookes
1 x 90' and 1 x 60'
Film, Action, Thriller, Drama
Year of Production