Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

    WA Maritime Museum premieres cutting-edge, virtual reality Antarctica film

    31/08/2018 12:15 PM
    • The Antarctica Experience will screen at the WA Maritime Museum for six weeks, from September 1 to October 14
    • The production is the work of local filmmaker Briege Whitehead, and is supported by the WA Maritime Museum, the Australian Antarctic Division, Screenwest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia

    The world premiere of the cutting-edge film, The Antarctica Experience will take place tonight at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.


    The Antarctica Experience is a virtual reality (VR) film using the latest technology in 3-D, 360-degree, high definition video, drones and a specially designed soundscape - and is the next best thing to visiting the frozen continent.


    The groundbreaking, immersive experience is the work of Western Australian filmmaker Briege Whitehead, of White Spark Pictures, who partnered with BAFTA award-winning director Phil Harper, known for his work on David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef VR Dive. The narration is by Australian actor David Wenham.

    During The Antarctica Experience, the audience will be able to:

    • Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit, even landing on a glacier;
    • Explore Australia's Davis research station and learn about the logistics that go into surviving the harsh Antarctic conditions; and
    • View the spectacular Southern Lights in high definition.

    It is proudly supported by the Western Australian Museum, Screenwest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia. White Spark Pictures travelled to Antarctica with the support of the Australian Antarctic Program.


    The Antarctica Experience will screen exclusively at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle from tomorrow (September 1) to October 14, 2018.


    For more information or to book tickets, visit the WA Maritime Museum website.


    To view the online video trailer credited to Antarctica Experience/White Spark Pictures, visit https://vimeo.com/286162649


    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:


    "The Antarctica Experience represents a new way of experiencing virtual reality and a new way for museums around the world to connect with and inspire their audiences.


    "This project raises the bar for the screen making industry in WA, which is an important part of our creative industries that can play a strong role in providing skills and jobs and building our economy."


    Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk:


    "The documentary is a unique opportunity to explore a day in the life of Antarctic expeditioners on this mysterious continent.


    "I'm proud of the people involved in making the film and proud that it's being screened here in Fremantle at the WA Maritime Museum."


    Minister's office - 6552 5400