The Western Australian Museum has partnered with CinefestOZ to present WA Museum@CinefestOZ—an exciting series of free 3D film screenings, a virtual reality Antarctica Experience in the Museum in a Container, and an exclusive taste of a forthcoming WA Museum touring exhibition.
The 3D short film From Great Depths takes you 2,500 metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean, about 200 kilometres west of Shark Bay, to witness the solemn wreck sites of HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran, sunk in battle in 1941. None of the 645 men on board Sydney survived. In a tribute to the lives lost in the battle between the two ships, we see 3D footage of the wrecks, filmed by remotely-operated vehicles. Historic images, recollections of the German survivors, and letters the Sydney men sent to their loved ones before that last voyage combine to create a moving reflection on loss and sacrifice. From Great Depths is a WA Museum production, produced and directed by Robyn Johnston with film partner Siamese. Free screenings are at the Festival Hub throughout CinefestOZ.
Also at the Festival Hub, discover more of the story in a taste of WA Museum’s forthcoming touring exhibition Deep Light: Illuminating the wrecks of Sydney and Kormoran. On Saturday 31 August, at the Deep Light discussion, a panel of expert historians and scientists discuss how the expedition to the wrecks of Sydney and Kormoran cast light on history. Meet at the Deep Light display in the Festival Hub and 1.50pm and bring your questions.
The colourful WA Museum in a Container is a standout addition to CinefestOZ this year, giving you the chance to surround yourself with the stunning landscapes of Antarctica in the virtual reality adventure The Antarctica Experience.
These free offerings will take place at the Festival Hub throughout the festival. More information at:
- The Antarctica Experience
- Deep Light: Illuminating the wrecks of Sydney and Kormoran
- From Great Depths
- Discussion: Deep Light Reveals Hidden History