Hailed by critics, The Bomb is an experimental, music-driven film that looks at the strange and compelling world of nuclear weapons. The film had its UK premiere at the Shangri-La area of 2017's Glastonbury Festival and was shown as an installation on massive 360-degree screens that completely surrounded the audience, while The Acid played the soundtrack live. There will be various international live performances in 2018, the first of the year at the Sydney Festival in January.
The Bomb was produced and conceived by Smriti Keshari (Food Chains) and Eric Schlosser (Command and Control, Fast Food Nation, Food, Inc.). The film was co-directed by Kevin Ford (Three Days, By the River), and Keshari and Schlosser, with art direction by Stanley Donwood (Radiohead) and animation by The Kingdom of Ludd. The live installation was designed and staged by United Visual Artists.
In the absence of a traditional narrative, the soundtrack plays a central role in the film, helping to provide an emotional response that rises and falls like a great DJ set. Despite the somber subject matter, the music composed by The Acid has moments of haunting beauty. "The topic of this film is very important to us, it's a story which needs to be told to a generation that needs to hear it," says Adam Freeland. "It's been an honor to collaborate with some of our heroes on The Bomb. It's turned into something even more powerful than the sum of its parts. Three people passed out when we premiered it at Tribeca Film Festival."