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Melbourne Is Getting a Virtual Reality Film Festival

Ride creepy ghost trains and visit faraway islands from your seat.
By Imogen Baker
August 30, 2016
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Melbourne Is Getting a Virtual Reality Film Festival

Ride creepy ghost trains and visit faraway islands from your seat.
By Imogen Baker
August 30, 2016
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If you've been hanging out for the opportunity to go deep with virtual reality, we've got news that will delight you. This year Melbourne Fringe has announced a unique new program of virtual reality shorts as part of their lineup.

The brand new Virtual Reality Fringe Festival will run from September 14 to October 1 and show a series of films in a small shopfront on Johnston Street in Collingwood. The program is a mix of local and international short films and documentaries, music clips and a group VR experience — so prepare yourself for some weirdness.

The venue seats a dozen movie-goers at a time, straps them into VR headsets and 360-degree rotating swivel chairs. You'll then be transported to Rapa Nui (the enigmatic island better known as Easter Island), jump into the studio with Melbourne muso Didirri, cruise the streets with graffiti artist Adnate and take a terrifying ride on Joel Zika's Alabama ghost train amongst other weird and wonderful experiences. The program combines both live action and abstract motion graphics, covering a broad range of film techniques and styles. Get around it — literally.

Virtual Reality Fringe Festival runs September 14 to October 1 at 178 Johnston Street, Collingwood. The experience runs for around 20 minutes and tickets are $14 at virtualrealityfestival.com.au.

Published on August 30, 2016 by Imogen Baker

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