LFF Immersive Showcase powered by CreativeXR
Immerse yourself in this free showcase featuring three projects supported by CreativeXR.
The showcase is FREE but advance booking is required. Places are limited and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis at the LFF For Free VR desk located on the mezzanine next to the Blue Room from 10am on the day. Suitable for Age 13+ only.
If you have reserved a place please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of your session or your place may be reallocated.
Photograph: Digital Catapult
Fri 11 Oct, 15:00-17:00 The Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Sat 12 Oct, 11:00-17:00 The Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Sun 13 Oct, 11:00-17:00 The Blue Room, BFI Southbank
CreativeXR, developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England, gives creative talent the opportunity to experiment with immersive technologies to create new experiences that inspire audiences.
Focused on the creative industries, particularly the arts and culture sector, the programme gives the best creative teams the opportunity to develop concepts and prototypes of immersive content (virtual, augmented and mixed reality).
This showcase features three projects that CreativeXR has supported from prototype funding through to funded projects.
Common Ground (East City Films) 30mins
Explore the notorious Aylesbury Estate, a concrete monument to the history of social housing in the UK.
This is an immersive journey into the history and legacy of one of the most controversial housing estates in Britain: the Aylesbury Estate, in Walworth, South London. Utilising stereoscopic 360 video, photogrammetry, 3D modelling, interaction and archive, audiences can enter the world of the estate from its birth in the 1960s, through its decline and up to its controversial regeneration today. This multifaceted documentary questions notions of community, examines the disenfranchisement and demonization of the working class, and asks whether current housing policy today is destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Immersive Histories Dambusters (All Seeing Eye) 10mins
An immersive virtual reality installation allowing an audience to experience the famous Dambusters mission from on board Guy Gibson’s Lancaster.
The experience transports audience members to 16/17 May 1943, to accurately experience the events of the raid from a unique perspective. Audience members suit up in a virtual reality headset complete with hand tracking and a haptic vest, allowing them to feel the rumble of the Lancaster’s engines. The immersive experience surrounds the audience with a physical set, which in conjunction with the virtual reality visuals and spatialised audio, allows them to feel the aircraft around them during the mission.
When Something Happens (Boom Cap Play) 8mins
An inspirational adventure for the next generation of scientists, storytellers and astronauts.
When Something Happens is a short animated VR film about 13.4 billion years of the history of the universe. Combining animation, music and poetry you will be taken on an epic journey from your bedroom to the outer reaches of the known universe. The short film has been written and narrated by poet Boston Williams.
Immersive Showcase Events
Sat 12 Oct
These screenings are FREE and open to all (subject to age restrictions). Please note that places are limited and can be booked at the LFF For Free desk in the BFI Southbank foyer from 10am on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis. If you have reserved a place please arrive 10 minutes before the start time or your place may be reallocated.
An exploration into the creation of Immersive Histories Dambusters
Historian Robert Owen will talk about the history of the famous WWII mission and Olie Kay, Associate Creative Director (All Seeing Eye), will discuss how Immersive Histories Dambusters was designed and created.
Sat 12 Oct 12:15-13:00 Blue Room. BFI Southbank
Dr Robert Owen, Official Historian, No. 617 Squadron Association, will talk about the history of the renowned WWII mission and Olie Kay, Associate Creative Director (All Seeing Eye), will discuss how Immersive Histories Dambusters, a virtual reality experience accurately recreating the events of the famous raid, was designed and created.
A discussion on the issues of regeneration, gentrification and displacement raised by Darren Emerson’s VR film, Common Ground.
Sat 12 Oct 15:00-15:45 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
Darren Emerson, director of Common Ground, an immersive journey into the history and legacy of the Aylesbury Estate, one of the most controversial housing estates in Britain, discusses the issues of regeneration, gentrification and displacement raised by his VR film with Anthony Badu, a resident from the south London estate, and filmmaker Nikita Woolfe (Dir. Concrete Soldiers UK, INSPIRE 2 RESIST handbook). Hosted by Sociologist Lisa Mckenzie (author of Getting By: Estates Class and Culture in Austerity Britain and Class Cleansing: Grieving for London).
Boston ‘The Orator’ Williams
Join The Orator for readings and performances from his debut poetry collection, Vernacular.
Sat 12 Oct 17:00-17:45 Blue Room, BFI Southbank
When Something Happens, which is showing as part of our Immersive Show case, is an animated VR film about 13.4 billion years of the history of the universe. The film was written and narrated by Boston ‘The Orator’ Williams. Poet, traveller and all round talky-man, The Orator has had a voracious year. Whilst travelling across the globe, his debut poetry collection, Vernacular, grew and became a tall tale of its own. Vernacular will be bought to life with a hearty and jovial performance endowed with passion. Opening the set will be a reading of The Manifesto of Artist Integrity, followed by readings and performances of some of the author’s personal favourites.
Vernacular is available through theorator.bigcartel.com and all online booksellers. Please support your local bookstore by requesting a copy in person!