EMMY WIN FOR COLLISIONS by Lynette Wallworth
Lynette Wallworth’s COLLISIONS has just won the Outstanding New Approaches to Documentary Award at today’s 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards.
A bold and unique Virtual Reality screen project by visionary Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, COLLISIONS screened at ADL Film Fest’s opening night last night and is now screening at the Adelaide Film Festival, in the Festival’s VR Lounge.
Speaking immediately after the Award presentation Lynette Wallworth said “Nyarri waited a very long time before he shared his story beyond his family. Now we have shared his story in a room full of the international news media. When we began working on this story people told us this was an old story and the nuclear issue was an old issue. Nyarri was prescient around his timing because we are now facing a nuclear crisis on which this story bears powerful resonance.”
ADL Film Fest’s CEO and Artistic Director Amanda Duthie said “This Award proves once again the vision of Lynette Wallworth in bringing this extraordinary story to light in a 360° immersive experience. In collaboration with Nyarri Morgan, Nola Taylor, grandson Curtis Taylor and producer Nicole Newnham, the story reveals a dark truth. We congratulate this amazing international team.”
Lynette Wallworth a HIVE alumni was selected as the inaugural artist of the Sundance Institute New Frontier | Jaunt VR Residency Program and COLLISONS, funded with the support of the Adelaide Film Festival Fund, was the first project to be created as part of the program.
2017 Essay by Lynette Wallworth https://adelaidefilmfestival.org/2017/09/queen-of-the-next-frontier/
COLLISIONS is a highly emotional journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu people in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. Nyarri’s first contact with western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand and with no context, an atomic test. Now the most cutting edge, innovative technology allows the viewer to join Nyarri Nyarri Morgan in an unprecedented way, by the fire, where he intimately shares the story that he has been waiting to tell.
COLLISIONS had a simultaneous world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers programme and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, its Australian premiere season was in the ADL Film Fest’s 2016 Rogue program with filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, his wife Nola Taylor, grandson Curtis Taylor who narrates the film with Wallworth, and producer Nicole Newnham all in attendance.
Following COLLISIONS’ world premiere in 2016, Wallworth was awarded a Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change Impact Award, was named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of the year and, representing her body of work, a UNESCO City of Film Award and the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence.
Cementing ADL Film Fest’s reputation at the forefront of screen culture innovation – the first Australian festival to introduce an international competition and the first to invest directly in film production – in 2017 the festival launched an International Virtual Reality Award in partnership with the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) that will debut at the 2017 ADL Film Fest in October.
The ADL Film Fest’s VR Lounge, launched two years ago, will this year will be showcased alongside ADL Film Fest’s new sister event Hybrid World Adelaide, an interactive tech based event for the digitally curious and the screen obsessed.
COLLISIONS is produced by Infinite Field with support from the World Economic Forum, the Sundance Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, the Pritzker Foundation, the Omidyar Network, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Adelaide Film Festival Fund, in partnership with Jaunt VR.
International Emmy Award
Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary Collisions
Director Lynette Wallworth
Producer Nicole Newnham
VR Producer for Jaunt VR Patrick Meegan
Executive Producers Diana Barrett, Sandy Herz, Gigi Pritzker, Cori Stern
SEE COLLISIONS NOW: ADL Film Fest VR Lounge – GU Filmhouse, 128 Hindley St
About COLLISIONS: http://www.collisionsvr.com