Film buffs have the opportunity to live out their dreams (and nightmares, in some cases), with the launch of a series of Virtual Reality (VR) films and experiences at the Gold Coast Film Festival 2018 (GCFF).
In a GCFF first, they have formed a partnership with Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF) to showcase five pieces of VR, including the Australian premiere of social VR experience ‘Chorus’, a world-class production straight from Sundance and SXSW.
Created by virtual reality pioneers Tyler Hurd and Chris Milk, ‘Chorus’ is a cutting-edge music video production that pushes the boundaries of the virtual reality medium.
Orchestrated to the song ‘Chorus’ by French electronic music duo Justice, ‘Chorus’ enables up to six people to be transformed into fantastical female warriors from different corners of the world to battle evil with dance lasers and crystals in an epic 1980s fantasy movie journey of empowerment.
The exciting VR line-up will also feature homegrown talent with the addition of Gold Coast VR production, ‘The Peeler’.
Directed by Harrison Norris and Guy Norris (co-directors of ‘Suicide Squad’ VR experience), and produced by Bond University graduate Emily Tate, ‘The Peeler’ is a VR thriller that takes viewers on a dark journey into a murderous psychopath’s warehouse.
Filled with blood and gore, VR participants are strapped to a hospital gurney with the only hope of survival resting in the hands of another escaped captive.
Director Harrison Norris said he is thrilled to have his work featured at the Festival and applauds Gold Coast Film Festival for providing greater community access to virtual reality.
“It is fantastic to see Gold Coast Film Festival showcasing virtual reality for the first time as we need creators to be inspired by VR and to start experimenting because that is when the magic happens,” Mr Norris said.
“Virtual reality has the ability to completely immerse you and the real power of the medium is that it can make you forget where you are.”
Festival-goers can enjoy five virtual reality experiences throughout the festival with ‘Rone’ (pictured), ‘A Thin Black Line’ and ‘Inside Manus’ also making the program.
The VR program will be held at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s base of HOTA, Home of the Arts. For more information about the festivals full selection of virtual reality, viewing times and booking details, visit gcfilmfestival.com.