A new era of documentary storytelling is upon us. Get ready to step inside stories from all corners of the globe, with Horizons – Antenna Documentary Film Festival’s exciting new initiative. Horizons brings the latest emerging technologies to audiences seeking out new ways not only to interact with the story, but also to fully inhabit it and play a central role. Antenna’s inaugural Horizons virtual reality installation offers Australian audiences the chance to see some of the most enthralling and immersive VR documentaries currently on show. Put on a headset, and step into a new world. 360 degree storytelling is here.
Directed by Francesca Panetta | UK | The Guardian | 2016 | 9 min
What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6×9 feet for days, weeks, months, or even years? 6×9 tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.
Directed by Oscar Raby | Australia, UK | BBC, VRTDV, Crossover | 2016 | 12 min
Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel lets users step into the memories of Willie McNeive and journey back in time to a moment that changed Irish history forever: the Easter Rising of 1916. Through VR, users travel with Willie back to Dublin, where he took part in the Easter Rising – a violent, armed insurgence proclaiming the Irish Republic. (Pictured)
Directed by Michel Laprise, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael | Felix & Paul Studios, Cirque du Soleil | Canada | 2015 | 9 min
Enter a spectacular Cirque du Soleil performance that’s been specifically tailored for virtual reality. The 9-minute extravaganza immerses the user into Cirque du Soleil’s touring show KURIOS™ Cabinet of Curiosities, taking centre stage in a dreamlike realm that disorients the senses.
Directed by Darren Emerson | UK | VR City | 2016 | 14 min
Guided by the voices of survivors, Invisible takes the audience on an immersive journey into the uncertainty and despair inside the UK’s immigration detention system, and offers viewers an opportunity to connect with society’s invisibles.
Directed by Aaron Bradbury | UK | Immersive | 2015 | 4 min
Over 100,000 chemical reactions happen in your brain every second. So what about the moment you fell in love? LoVR is a story of love, told through neural activity captured over 4 seconds. As chemicals are released and areas of the brain activated, a poetry is revealed within the data. The heart beats, the iris dilates and time stands still as two lovers see each other for the first time.
Directed by Michel Laprise, Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphael | Canada | Felix & Paul Studios | 2015 | 10 min
A look at the Bajau sea nomads who live off fishing in the seas and oceans of South East Asia. A largely stateless people, they have lived traditionally in longboat dwellings or more commonly today in stilt houses. As lifestyles change to adapt to the commercial fishing industries and territory shifts, the way of life of the Bajau Laut is subject to increasing pressure.