Galup VR Experience
3 - 17 July | Daily, every half hour from 11am - 3.30pm
Standard | Free
Donation* | $20
*100% of ticket proceeds goes directly to not-for-profit organisation Same Drum to fund community out-reach viewings of Galup VR Experience.
This film explores themes of massacre
Uncover untold stories of Lake Monger in this new 360 VR film.
An hour before sunset, Noongar performer Ian Wilkes takes you on a tour of Lake Monger, an ancient wetland in the heart of suburban Perth. As the rush-hour traffic passes by, the centuries slip away and you are guided towards an immersive understanding of Noongar culture and the impact of settler colonialism.
Today, thousands of people visit Lake Monger and its iconic black swans without knowing the events that happened there or understanding the significance of this important site. Galup VR Experience seeks to change all that by immersing audiences in a retelling of one of its most important and largely untold stories.
It’s an invitation to all Australians to learn more about our collective past and shed some light on the tragic events that occurred in and around Lake Monger. This new virtual reality film promises to be a profound experience which explores the transformative impact of truth-telling and brings people together for connection and healing.
Created by Ian Wilkes and artist/filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Elder Doolann-Leisha Eatts, and guided by a team of supportive Noongar Elders, this intimate truth-telling experience will resonate with you long after you leave.
‘I have lived my whole life dreaming that this story would be told. It was my greatest desire, right from when I was 10 years old.’
- Doolann-Leisha Eatts.
Aboriginal and Torres Islander audience members are advised that this production includes names, images and voices of people who have passed away. Names, images and voices of the deceased are used with permission.
Before booking, please read the VR Health and Safety document [PDF 180.89KB]
The VR headset is not recommended for users 12 years and under. They are still welcome to attend a session and enjoy the film in 2D.
VR headsets are sanitised with UV light between use.
Monday to Sunday | 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm.
Each screening runs for 9 minutes.
To ensure we are running on time, please make sure you arrive five minutes before your booked time.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
50% visual – Galup VR Experience has both sound and visual components but sight isn’t essential to meaningfully engage with the work.
50% sound – Galup VR Experience includes dialogue and has background music and sounds.
If audience members are unable to wear a VR headset, there is a movie screen at the front of the room that will project the film in a traditional 2D cinema format so you can still enjoy the film experience.
The dialogue in Galup VR Experience requires an understanding of the English language, but the visuals and sounds can be experienced without the language comprehension.
The VR headset is designed to accommodate most prescription glasses. Take care to wear the VR headset in a manner in which the VR headset lenses to not rub or impact your prescription lenses.
You can contact WA Museum Boola Bardip through the National Relay Service:
TTY users phone 133 677
Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727
Alternatively, use the National Relay Service website.
Galup VR Experience
By Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Doolann-Leisha Eatts.
Produced by Same Drum and guided by a team of supportive Noongar Elders.
Presented by WA Museum in association with Perth Festival.
About Same Drum
Same Drum is a not-for-profit production company that creates high quality art and film and supports a diverse range of people to tell stories. Same Drum operates with a keen eye on justice with many projects having a considered social impact strategy. Their work has been critically well-received, winning multiple industry awards and gaining recognition across international film festivals, broadcast television, national and international media and across a network of community and creative partnerships.