The Gallery is an FMV game and interactive film hybrid that recently launched from Paul Raschid and Aviary Studios. If you’re at the Dinard Film Festival, you can check out a screening of a group game session. The game has has you play the role of an art curator in one of two timelines, 1981 or 2021. Throughout the experience, you’ll have to make choices such as how you react when someone starts talking to you or when the antagonist takes you hostage. The game boasts 5 hours of content with 18 different endings and 150 branches!
Written and directed by Paul Raschid, one of the most prolific live action video game / interactive film creatives, The Gallery is a thrilling combination of hostage thriller and social drama with a dash of world film festival cinema aesthetic. Two Decades. Two identities. It’s going to take everything you’ve got to survive the night.
The Gallery has been created to engage both gamers and interactive film fans with its blend of high production values, stellar cast and a nuanced script depicting the games’ two time periods – 1981 and 2021 – both of which are of considerable political, social and cultural significance in UK history.
This sounds like a lot of fun and I’ve been thinking about how FMVs should consider a comeback. What perfect timing! The Gallery stars George Blagden, Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Kara Tointon (Eastenders), Rebecca Root (The Queen’s Gambit), Richard Fleeshman (The Sandman), Shannon Tarbet (Killing Eve), and Fehinti Balogun (I May Destroy You). In addition, fans can experience the game in 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian) Russian, Spanish (Latin America) and Turkish.