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Virtual Reality Experience Coming to Brighton Festival

A shot from Collisions
Pete Humphreys

A virtual reality film shot in the Australian desert will be screening as part of Brighton Festival 2017.

Audience members will watch the film using virtual reality headsets which will seemingly transport them into the Australian wilderness.

The film Collisions features an interview with Aboriginal Australian Elder Nyarri who describes seeing an atomic blast in the desert while travelling with his family during the 1950s.

The atomic test was his first contact with the West.

Sixty five years later, Lynette Wallworth travelled to the desert to meet Nyarri and make this film.

Nyarri is a Martu Elder and the film shares his perspective on the Martu way of caring for the planet.

Artist Lynette Wallworth says: “I first heard of Nyarri’s story four years ago on a hunting trip with the Martu women painters in the Western Desert.

“Hearing that I had been to Maralinga where Britain tested atomic bombs in the 1950’s, Nyarri’s wife Nola turned to me with what felt like an instruction…’You have to talk to Nyarri’.”

The film will be watchable by groups of 12 audience members at a time.

Collisions is presented by Brighton Festival and Lighthouse, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.

The film runs at Lighthouse from Saturday 6 May – Sunday 28 May 2017 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Tickets cost £5. Click here for more details.

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