Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published August 6th 2018
I was not expecting to be mauled by a lion or have a gun held to my head... but it was Collingwood, on a Saturday night after all!
That's exactly what happened to me tonight - from the safety and comfort of my revolving chair at the Virtual Reality Cinema!
Set up in Maggies Artspace on Johnstone St, the cinema caters for just 12 people at a time. Putting on my 3D goggles and headphones, I was instantly transported into 4 different worlds, eerily suspended in the middle of each film scene happening in front, behind and on either side of me.
I'm sure I would have felt quite dizzy, if I had just been spinning on my own, but curiosity kept me turning again, and again, to check out all the angles and details of each film.
There were a few shorter films of a few minutes and two longer films about 5 or so minutes each. All up, the whole experience was about 25 minutes - a great pre-dinner show, that will give you plenty to chat about.
I had not experienced 3D technology and quite enjoyed the immersive experience, as we followed the Wilderbeasts cross the African plains as part of their annual migration. I came face to face with rotting carcasses, wild cheetahs and lions - some of whom were happy to lazily sprawl at my feet, while one in particular, preferred to make me his dinner!
The film, where a bunch of no-good crooks were playing a game of chicken with a loaded gun had me nervous from the beginning...
I braced myself each time the trigger was pulled for someone's insides to be sprayed across the room. So, you can imagine my surprise and terror when I found myself staring down the barrel of the pistol at the end... I sure hope that never happens in real life, I feel like the 3D version was real enough, thank you!
Whether you want to check out the 3D technology or try something different next weekend, I recommend you pop in and check it out.
Shows run on Saturday and Sunday only and cost $16.50 per person. There's a bunch of other 3D films - including one about RONE (popular street artist) that I may pop back to check out. Book online and find out more at: virtualrealitycinema.com.au/?page_id=8952