Non-Fiction Documentary VR: A Mediography

This website is an interactive timeline of immersive non-fiction documentary VR. Our dataset currently contains 179 examples of non-fiction documentary VR content released between 2012 and 2018.

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How are we choosing what to include?

As an emergent medium, non-fiction documentary VR is attracting highly experimental works that sometimes do not neatly fit into what might be considered 'traditional' documentary filmmaking. Our search strategy is therefore deliberately broad, including organic search, social media and the programmes of leading international film festivals. At this early stage in our research, we are including any VR piece that self-presents as a non-fiction documentary.

Latest Addition

Use Your Imagination // USA (2017)

What topics are being explored?

According to our dataset, these are the themes that are being explored by non-fiction documentary VR makers (weighted by frequency of occurrence). Select a theme to see the titles associated with it:

Abortion   Adventure   Ageing   Apiculture   Archeology   Architecture   Art   Asylum   Australia   Autism   Berlin   Blindness   Calais Jungle   Chernobyl   Cinema   Climate change   Crime & punishment   Cuba   Disaster   Discrimination   Domestic violence   Drugs   Earthquake   Ebola   Ecology   Education   Engineering   Environment   Epilepsy   Ethnic cleansing   Exploitation   FGM   Famine   Female empowerment   First World War   Food banks   Gaza   Gender equality   Government & politics   Heritage   History   Homelessness   Human cost of war   Human experience   Human rights   Indigenous peoples   Infancy   Ireland   Ivory trade   Journalism   Korean demilitarized zone   Language   Loneliness   Magic   Medicine & disease   Mental health   Migration   Music   Myalgic encephalomyelitis   Myanmar   Nairobi   Native Americans   Natural history   Nepal   New York   Oceanography   Paleontology   People smuggling   Performance   Policing   Poverty   Prejudice   Prison   Protest   Racism   Refugees   Rehabilitation   Religion   Robotics   Rohingya   Science   Sex Trade   Sexual assault   Sexuality   Society & culture   Solitary confinement   Somalia   Space   Sport   Sudan   Syria   Technology   Terrorism   The Holocaust   Tibet   Torture   Travel   Virtual Reality   Volcanos   Voodoo   Wall   War & Conflict   Water   Womens rights   Zoology  

How much content is out there?

Based on 179 titles catalogued so far, this chart shows how production numbers for VR content have changed since 2012:

Film festivals and awards

Non-fiction documentary VR content is an increasingly visible fixture at leading international film festivals, with several titles receiving multiple awards. According to our dataset, these are the most prominent titles in terms of festival appearances and awards received:

Year Title Festival
2016 Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness 6 3
2016 Home: Aamir 2 3
2016 Home - An Immersive Spacewalk Experience 3 2
2017 After Solitary 2 2
2017 Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon 1 2
2016 6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement 5 1
2016 Collisions 3 1
2013 Assent 3 1
2016 DeathTolls Experience 3 1
2017 Bloodless 2 1

Who is creating the content?

These are the most prolific directors / creators in our dataset, weighted by the number of titles credited to them. Select a director to view their filmography, collaborators and awards.

Acute Arts   Amaury La Burthe   Andrew Somerville   Ari Palitz   Ben C. Solomon   Chris Milk   Danfung Dennis   Darren Emerson   David Gelb   Francesca Panetta   Félix Lajeunesse   Gabo Arora   Imraan Ismail   Jane Gauntlett   Jeremy Bailenson   Lucy Walker   Marshmallow Laser Feast   Nicole Jackson   Nonny de la Peña   Oscar Raby   Paul Raphaël   Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy   Stephanie Riggs   Tyson Sadler   Zach Richter   Zahra Rasool   Ziv Schneider  

* Note: for brevity, we include here only directors credited with more than one title.
For a comprehensive list, view the current film catalogue.

Where is it being produced?

Our dataset currently contains titles released from 41 countries. Of the 179 titles in our dataset, the leading VR producing countries are: USA (47%) , United Kingdom (19%) , Canada (9%) , France (6%) & Australia (4%) .

How long are the documentaries?

According to our data, the length of a VR documentary title ranges from 2 to 40 minutes, with an average of 9.6 minutes. This chart shows how VR documentary length has changed over time.

More to come!

This resource remains under active development and will continue to grow as our analysis continues. Keep an eye on our changelog for updates. Until then, why not explore our documentary VR timeline ›.