15 minutes

In this highly person journey, Nyarri shares the story he has been waiting to tell.

Adelaide Film Festival and the Art Gallery of South Australia co-present the Australian Premiere exhibition of artist Lynette Wallworth’s bold virtual reality screen project, Collisions. Now the most cutting edge, innovative technology allows you to join Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan in an unprecedented way, by the fire in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand, and with no context, an atomic test.

Since the world premiere at the World Economic Forum, Davos and Sundance New Frontier, Collisions has been selected to screen at numerous prestigious screen events, congresses and venues including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Climate Action Summit in Washington D.C., the World Science Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, Encounters Documentary Film Festival (South Africa), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Meetings in Vienna, the Mongolian Cultural Festival and the Timbie Forum (on disarmament) at the US State Department, among many others.


  • UNESCO City of Film Award
  • Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence
  • Foreign Policy magazine acknowledgement of one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016
  • Sundance Institute/Skoll Foundation Stories of Change Impact Award 2017
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches

Funding Partners: Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Sundance Institute/Skoll Stories of Change Initiative, The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation/JustFilms, The World Economic Forum, The Pritzker Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Jaunt VR, Australia Council for the Arts, The Omidyar Network

Film Type VR
Producer Nicole Newnham
Cast Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, Lynette Wallworth, Curtis Taylor