SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2020 10.00 – 17.00
GENERAL GILES SOCIAL CLUB 12-16 UPPER GREEN WEST, MITCHAM CR4 3AA
Showcasing the latest immersive experiences, Mitcham VR Festival on Saturday 7th March will be the culmination of FilmMerton, the year-long project aiming to encourage participation with film throughout the London Borough of Merton. At Mitcham VR Festival, interactive Virtual Reality experiences will be showcased alongside 360-degree films and a unique Augmented Reality installation to give visitors the opportunity to engage with a broad range of immersive experiences from sci-fi thrillers to romantic dramas and comedy flicks. The event will be free. See the Press Release for more information. Walk-ins will be accepted on the day but due to limited capacity we highly encourage you to book your time slot using the links below.
All the Fun of the Fair
All the Fun of the Fair will enable Mitcham VR visitors to step into their local history through the technology of an Augmented Reality installation. With a unique soundscape and images springing to life on iPads, All the Fun of the Fair will transport audiences back in time to the Mitcham Fair, rumoured to be the oldest fair in England.
Walk-ins will be available on the day but due to limited capacity we highly encourage you to book your time slots to individual screenings using the links below.
Alongside Mitcham VR Festival, a series of four short films have been especially commissioned by FilmMerton and selected by a board chaired by Justin Johnson (Lead Programmer, British Film Institute Southbank) and will premiere at the festival. These have all been produced in Merton and showcase work from both established and aspiring filmmakers. Local Mitcham resident, Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson (Dawn of a New Gay, selected for London Short Film Festival 2020) will present Just Delivered, a heart- warming romantic comedy. Peter Lee Scott (Sketch, winner of Best Film at British Independent Film Festival 2018) will share His Name is Gerry, a drama-comedy about young people and bereavement. Aspiring filmmaker Matvi Khosho, a former asylum seeker brought up in Mitcham, will highlight the multicultural foundations of Merton with The Streets That Shape Us. The final short will be Wimbledon resident Charlie Strank’s The History of Wimbledon Football Club – As Told in Lego which documents ‘football coming home’ to the local community.
MITCHAM VR FESTIVAL SELECTION
The sun grew tired of humans and decided to never rise again. The darkness awoke the dead from their graves. A zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena fall in love, forming a deep connection that even the most powerful man cannot destroy. Book your free ticket to experience this beautifully animated VR love story here.
Memoria: Stories of La Garma
Memoria: Stories of La Garma is an interactive Virtual Reality journey narrated by Geraldine Chaplin that allows you to explore the memories, paintings and objects trapped intact inside the cave of La Garma for over 16 thousand years. You can walk around three spaces of the cave and unleash the memories of each space, including palaeolithic hunters, a mom and her child and the terrifying cave lion who made his way deep into the cave to live his final days.
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets
Experience an interactive tale of childlike wonder! Help your grandfather solve the mystery of the stolen pets by exploring wonderful miniature worlds. Use a hairdryer to melt snow in a wintery landscape! Search the wreck of a pirate ship partially hidden under the surface! Every world is unique, full of interactions and colorful life.
360º Films Playlist 1
Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR
Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR is a pioneering, immersive 360 film that allows viewers to fly around and through the most impressive oak tree in Judi Dench’s garden. Combining cutting-edge graphics, real scan data, state-of-the-art 360º filming techniques and poetic storytelling, this heart-warming journey brings the tree alive in a completely new way, and shows how trees can help to save our planet.
Anonymous is a 360º narrative film sharing the personal story of being a child of an alcoholic. After 28 years, Samantha shares her story of living with an alcohol-dependent parent, hiding the secret and dealing with the death of that parent. You come face to face with Samantha, who will address you directly as she works through her five stages. This piece highlights a story that 2.5 million children experience throughout the UK. The anonymous.
360º Films Playlist 2
Part documentary, part music experience, Crackle Pop explores the phenomenon of sound to colour synesthesia. Experience the neurological phenomenon of sound to colour synesthesia – the perception of colours or shapes when listening to sounds and music. Documentary and music video collide in this kaleidoscopic 360º film, pieced together from the descriptions of synesthetes listening to the breathtaking music of Paul Russell’s post-punk orchestra, Human Pyramids.
Kinch and the Double World
Kinch and the Double World brings the fantasy adventure genre to cinematic Virtual Reality. Set in Victorian London, it tells the story of Kinch, an orphan who gets caught up in a stage magician’s trick and ends up being transported to a magical world. In this alternate reality, the moon is falling, threatening to destroy the world. This 360º film was produced by the multi award-winning British studio Figment.
Bro Bots is a VR animated comedy series. In the not-so-distant future, robots are everywhere. They talk like us. They walk like us. And they have really big personalities. Two British robots – Otis and Roberto – arrive in New York and join the NY Police Department After hearing news that a wanted suspect will be taking to the stage at the Comedy Cellar that evening, Otis and Roberto are sent to investigate. What they discover leads to a highly dangerous assignment – locating an unregistered server deep within the heart of Botcorp, the world’s most powerful robot corporation.
All the Fun of the Fair
All the Fun of the Fair will enable Mitcham VR visitors to step into their local history through the technology of an Augmented Reality installation. With a unique soundscape and images springing to life on iPads, All the Fun of the Fair will transport audiences back in time to the Mitcham Fair, rumoured to be the oldest fair in England. Book your free ticket here.
Walk-ins will be available on the day but due to limited capacity we highly encourage you to book your time slots to individual screenings using the links above.
Mitcham VR Festival is part of London Borough of Culture, a Mayor of London initiative supported by the City of London Corporation’s Charity, City Bridge Trust and Airbnb.