Nyarri Morgan. Photo Credit: Piers Mussared.
Nyarri Morgan. Photo Credit: Piers Mussared.



6-28 MAY 2017


Lighthouse and Brighton Festival present an intimate, immersive screening of Collisions, by acclaimed Australian artist and director Lynette Wallworth.

In the 1950s, with no context, no understanding, Nyarri Morgan, from the remote Pilbara region of the Western desert, was moving through a trade route with his family when he witnessed an atomic test. Sixty five years later, Lynette Wallworth travelled to the desert to meet Nyarri, now a Martu Elder.

The resulting film, Collisions, is a thought-provoking, virtual reality experience, in which Nyarri reflects on his first contact with the West, and shares his perspective on the Martu way of caring for the planet.

“I first heard of Nyarri’s story four years ago on a hunting trip with the Martu women painters in the Western Desert," recounts Wallworth. "Hearing that I had been to Maralinga where Britain tested atomic bombs in the 1950’s, Nyarri’s wife Nola turned to me with what felt like an instruction…’You have to talk to Nyarri’.”

In Collisions, Wallworth masterfully tells a story we urgently need to hear, and highlights our inability to imagine the unintended consequences of our actions.

Wallworth uses immersive environments, interactive technologies and narrative long form film to explore fragile human states of grace: Evolution of Fearlessness follows 11 women living beyond the state of fear, many of them political prisoners and survivors of war and trauma; Damavand Mountain looks at the global and governmental forces that shape the lives of those in Iran and around the world; and Tender examines taboos around death. Her work has been shown at arts venues and film festivals around the world, including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The London Film Festival, with Tender winning an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best televised documentary.

Collisions is presented as an intimate and immersive experience for groups of up to 12 people at a time, so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment.

A milestone production – The Guardian

Collisions is presented by Brighton Festival and Lighthouse, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Date: Saturday 6 May – Sunday 28 May 2017 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Wednesday – Friday, bookable slots between 5.30 – 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday, bookable slots between 2.30 – 6.15pm
Venue: Lighthouse
Tickets: £5. Available through Brighton Festival. Max 12 ticket holders per screening. Advanced booking only.

Watch: Brighton Festival

Listen: Radio Reverb

Photos: Collisions at Brighton Festival Opening Night, 5 May 2017
Collisions at Brighton Festival Opening Night

Photos: Adam Bronkhorst

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