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Nuclear memories inspire winning doco

by Tony Barrass in NEWS

A virtual reality journey with Martu elder Nyarri Morgan, who witnessed a nuclear bomb explosion at the British testing site of Maralinga in the 1950s, has won a prize at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the United States. The 12-minute documentary Collisions, directed by Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, won the Outstanding New Approaches Award for its state-of-the-art 3D [...]
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