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The Unknown Patient

Venice Virtual Reality

Director:
Michael Beets
Production:
Unwritten Endings (Bethany Jones), VRTOV (Katy Morrison)
Running Time:
9’
Language:
English
Country:
Australia
Main Cast:
Lily Sullivan
Screenplay:
Michael Beets
Music:
Luke Howard
Sound:
Frostfire Audio
Notes:
Stand Up

Synopsis

In 1916 a man was found wandering the streets of London in an Australian soldier’s uniform. He did not know who he was. He was deemed unfit for service, labelled a ‘deserter’, and sent to a Mental Asylum in Sydney where he spent 12 years without an identity: lost and forgotten. How he came to be found is the remarkable true story of The Unknown Patient. This pilot episode is the start of the true story of how The Unknown Patient was found. In interactive VR, through discovery and exploration of the patient’s memories and real-life events, the audience is invited to piece together the identity of The Unknown Patient. In doing so, they viscerally experience the impact that war had on the psyche of soldiers who made it home and the hope that this story gave to a nation in mourning.

Director’s Statement

The “Unknown Patient” spent 12 years lost, forgotten and without an identity. His remarkable story is an experience we can all empathize with - that feeling of being lost, unable to grasp the familiar; and then to be found surrounded by love.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Unwritten Endings
24/248 The Avenue
3052 – Victoria, Australia
Tel. +61422901257
bethany@unwrittenendings.com
http://www.unwrittenendings.com

PRODUCTION 2: VRTOV
PO Box 14 Flinders Lane VIC
8009 – Victoria, Australia
Tel.+ 61 46888 252
katy@vrtov.com
http://www.vrtov.com

PRESS OFFICE: Miranda Brown Publicity
1st Floor, 110 Argyle Street,
Fitzroy 3065, Victoria Australia
Tel+61 3 9419 0931
miranda@mbpublicity.com.au

 


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