NME Festival blog: Charlie Brooker lifts lid on the best scenes that were cut from ‘Bandersnatch’

by Sam Moore
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The interactive film has got many people talking

Charlie Brooker has revealed which two deleted scenes from the new Black Mirror film Bandersnatch he was most disappointed at losing from the final cut.

The anthology’s ambitious film debuted on Netflix on December 28, asking viewers to take control of the storyline by offering them various choices of plot lines to take.

Brooker, who created Black Mirror and wrote Bandersnatch, has now told curious fans about the scenes he was sad to lose from the final edit.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Brooker’s first choice of cut scene involved Stefan (played by Fionn Whitehead) being given the choice to confront either Colin or Tucker on his doorstep.

“We changed the order of something, and if you chop up the body, sometimes Colin or Tucker would come over and discover you covered in blood,” Brooker disclosed. “And then you had the choice to confront them then and there on the doorstep.

“Whereas now they only come round if you buried dad in the garden,” he added, before calling the scene’s omission a “nightmare”.

Brooker also planned to create a film-within-a-film by giving viewers the choice of watching along with Stefan mid-way through Bandersnatch.

“There’s a bit where Stefan gets a VHS tape and watches a documentary, and I wanted, early on, to do a bit where you got the choice of two video tapes, and one is essential for the story, and the other is just, like, a film that he’s taped off the telly,” he explained.

“And you can watch the whole thing. Literally just putting on, and you could watch a whole film, from beginning to end, but at any time you could press a button to stop it.”

In other Bandersnatch news, Brooker recently robustly responded to critics of the format of the film by declaring: “There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it’… well fuck off, then. Do something else!”


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