Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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A Thin Black Line

This interactive VR experience follows five-year-old Patima’s perspective as she flees the violence of war.

Patima is five years old when the bombing of Darwin takes place in 1942. It’s the worst air attack on Australia during all of World War II. Previously surrounded by a loving family and her inseparable doll, Patima only has a vague notion of war. That is, until the bombings force her family to leave everything behind to find safety. People are now convinced that a full Japanese invasion is imminent, and her family flees to the south, along with half of the town. It quickly becomes apparent that the family cannot stay together. In this interactive virtual reality documentary, we experience in real time how filmmaker Douglas Watkin’s mother lived through this frightening ordeal. You don’t know any more than the young Patima does, and you watch the changing situation from her point of view. Contemporary Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee made the refined and gray-tinted artwork in this interactive experience.

Project details

Year of development :2017
Created by:Douglas Watkin, Vernon Ah Kee, Oscar Raby

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