Darren Vukasinovic

Screen & Photography

Nellie Melba (VR)

Influential, progressive and popular – yet almost forgotten. Nellie Melba is a VR project that takes the viewer into Dame Nellie Melba’s life and memories.

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Dame Nellie Melba was a trailblazer, a progressive and powerful force in Australia’s history. Melba’s story is incredibly inspirational, yet despite being on our $100 note, many Australian’s know little or nothing about her.

The project draws on historic knowledge, artefacts and diary entries to answer the questions of who Nellie was, what she stood for, and how she achieved it as a woman living at the turn of the last century. This project will utilise virtual reality, to allow people to step back into history, and learn through the perfect lens – Melba herself.

We meet an elderly Melba over a cup of tea, where she reminisces about her fondest memories and achievements. Through immersive flashbacks, we showcase Melba herself; her humour, determination and adventurous nature in navigating a patriarchal world through four pivotal moments in her life, each with a contemporary reflection on modern themes.

This project will enhance her legacy, educate the viewer, and elevate Melba to the stature of historical remembrance befitting her influence and achievements.

Today’s youth can draw inspiration from Nellie across all aspects of her life – from charity advocacy, stardom, technology adoption and social justice. Nellie was intelligent, rebellious and driven.

We believe this project has potential to create significant impact on modern audiences as they learn who Nellie was and how she contributed to music, artist rights and gender equality.

We believe VR is the best medium to bring Nellie’s story to life in a visually stunning immersive experience, which will connect with and inspire today’s youth.

“Being the trailblazer she was, if Nellie were alive today she’d choose Virtual Reality to tell her own story.” (Dan Johnson, Coombe Estate)

We want to inspire young women with the story of a 19th century icon who would be perfectly at home in the 21st century – your generous donation will help make this happen.

Funds will go towards all aspects of realising this project, including:
– Research and Script Development
– Casting (8 major roles) and extras (up to 50)
– Crew and VR production
– Extensive production design
– Period wardrobe (including some of Nellie’s original gowns)
– Location and archive fees
– Post production VR including VFX and CGI
– Music licensing
– Host public VR exhibitions over six months plus promotion

‘Nellie’ is currently in development and is expected to be completed by mid 2020.

Our ACF fundraising goal is to cover the majority of the project costs. We’re presently also exploring a number of grant and philanthropic trust support routes.

We’re open to collaboration and sharing more details of the project to interested parties so please don’t hesitate to reach out 🙂

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Ignition Immersive is a Melbourne based production studio specialising in Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences. Our work encompasses exhibition and historical site activation, documentary and narrative pieces, as well as educational programs. The Ignition Immersive team are passionate artists and technologists, with prior works including VR documentary Race to Alaska, VR short Anzac Diaries and commissioned docu-drama Ned Kelly: Think You Know Me?, along with volunteer work for charities including Breast Cancer Network Australia and Defining Beauty Through Cancer.

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