Film starring Roebourne youth to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
A virtual reality film starring four Roebourne teens is about to have its world premiere at one of the world’s most acclaimed film festivals.
The 12-minute Future Dreaming was selected to screen at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival from among thousands of films, in the Immersive virtual reality and augmented reality category.
The film was directed by digital storyteller Stu Campbell and co-created by stars Maverick Eaton, 18, Nelson Coppin, 18, Alison Lockyer, 17, and Maxie Coppin, 17, who together wrote the story and “painted” its virtual reality landscape using the latest film technology.
Campbell said selectors had been drawn to the collaborative nature of the film and its showcasing of young indigenous Australians’ ideas about the future.
He said Tribeca’s virtual reality cinema was particularly well-regarded, making the film’s selection especially exciting.
“Tribeca is an internationally acclaimed film festival for indie films, and through the Immersive category it has become one of the premium festivals for showcasing emerging immersive tech stories,” he said.
“It’s regarded as one of the best in the world ... so it’s a huge accomplishment.”
Future Dreaming is a story about its stars’ imagined future lives on the fictional planet of Daya over a 20 year period.
The group also put together five short films about the making of Future Dreaming which will be shown separately at the event.
Campbell, Maverick, Nelson, Alison, Maxie and film assistant Layla Walker will be attending the festival to see their film on the big screen.
As well as sight-seeing and rubbing shoulders with stars at the event, the group will also have the opportunity to speak to some major press outlets about their film.
“We will be talking to the likes of Forbes and the New York Times, so it’s going to be a really mind-boggling experience for them,” Campbell said.
Future Dreaming will also be shown at the Perth and Melbourne film festivals later this year and has been submitted to several European film festivals for consideration.
Campbell said his next aim was to secure international distribution so the film could be showcased to more people around the world.
The Tribeca Film Festival begins today and runs until May 5.
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