‘A Miscarriage of Justice‘, is a 20 minute immersive transmedia documentary which uses virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D scanning technologies and projected installations as a way to bring the spectator into the story world using a holistic approach of the re-telling of the execution of Ronald Joseph Ryan the last man to be hung in Australia in 1967 and Jean Lee the last woman hung in Australia in 1951.

This ground breaking interactive documentary crosses platforms and uses immersive digital technologies to execute its storytelling.

The Virtual Reality component of the project places the spectator in the middle of the entire film playing the character of Jean Lee, who arrives as a ghost. The spectators role later switches putting them in the role of Ronald Ryan moments before his is executed. The film was shot entirely on location at Pentridge prison in the suburb of Coburg, Australia.

The Augmented Reality component of the project uses ‘Live Action Augmented Reality’ and ‘AI – Artificial Intelligence’ that we are prototyping and has yet to be used before on a documentary project. This part of the project brings the spectator face to face with Ronald Ryan in two scenes and gives the spectator the option of participating is Ryan’s escape.  It takes on a game play scenario, much like a ‘choose your own adventure’ style play.  Other aspects of the experience have you scaling the infamous bluestone wall with your mobile device to reveal the characters and their backstory.

B-Division in 3D, is a 3D virtual tour of Pentridge Prison’s B-Division which is where both Ryan and Lee spent their last moments before being executed.  This scan was created using 3D scanning software by Phoria.  The purpose of this part of the project is to bring the spectator closer to the experience of seeing what it really looks like inside a high security prison. The reason I undertook this project was also to promote and preserve an aspect of history that will soon be lost as this part of the prison is set to be completely renovating into a hotel complex and day spa.  This will be the only real live 360 view of the site which will be available to access onsite.

Projected installations, interactive newspapers and 3D scanning software add another layer of immersion to the storytelling.  This part of the project can be viewed as a standalone project viewed via the link on this page or via a VR mounted head set.  The projected installations can be screened on any wall and or VR Cinema adding an element of immersion which places you in the story world immediately once you enter the space and just before you put on your head set.

The following Walking Tours will take you to the scene of the crime, become fully immersed in where Ronald Ryan and Jean Lee spent some of their final days before being captured. Walking Tours of Melbourne,  traces Ronald Ryan’s steps before he was captured after his escape with fellow accomplice Peter Walker from Pentridge Prison. The escapees fled to a hideout in Elwood which triggered a riot of terror resulting in murder and bank robbery.

This walking tour brings the spectator closer to the story by immersing them in the journey which finally led to the capture of these escapees. Investigate six locations in Elwood and the history of pivotal events  in this extraordinary saga.

Twisted History runs a tour exploring the dark side of Carlton and traces the location of where Jean Lee and her accomplices sealed their fate. This tour starts at the Old Melbourne Gaol.


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