BYRON BAY, NSW, AUSTRALIA AND LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, MAY 5th, 2022 – New Canvas today announced that episode four titled ‘Bardolph’ will have the world premiere of its ground-breaking, immersive series Lustration at SeriesFest 2022, running May 6th -7th, 2022 at in Denver, CO. Lustration is a multi-platform property, the VR series allows audiences to step into this animated world and be an active part of the experience. The fantasy, noir style story is set in the afterlife that is ultimately about the power of knowledge and how damaging misinformation can be to not only ourselves but also the communities that we live in.
SeriesFest, now celebrating its 8th year (aka ‘Season 8’) champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences. In partnership with SeriesFest: Season 8, viewers are invited to experience Lustration during exhibition hours from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. MT at the Sie FilmCenter.
The virtual reality-based series is the first new project released by XR studio New Canvas’ award-winning team since the studio was spun out of Start VR and was written and directed by leading First Nations creative Ryan Griffen. Lustration is based on Griffen’s graphic novel series of the same name and published by Gestalt Comics. Each episode is told from a different character’s perspective and can be experienced from different vantage points, allowing the audience to build their own picture of the characters, the world and ultimately the story.
Series Synopsis: Lustration is a 4 part multi-strand, animated series following a group of characters whose stories are mysteriously intertwined both in the real world and afterlife. As these characters’ stories unfold and intersect, we discover the lengths that some will go to in the name of love, while uncovering a conspiracy so vast it has affected every facet of our existence . . . and the next.
Episode 1: - “Gallus”
Two detectives, Bardolph and Gallus, who are ordered by the Cheribum to uphold peace and harmony in the ‘Between’ by removing ‘unwanted targets’ on a daily basis. When the two miss their mark it sets off a series of events that could change the after-life as we know it.
Episode 2: - “Pine”
Detective Pine is investigating a John Doe case who has left some confusing messages claiming to have uncovered a conspiracy that crosses from the living to the after-world. She quickly writes him and his conspiracy theories off as bonkers. Later as she is washing the dishes at her kitchen sink she is suddenly and inexplicably flung to the floor in agony. Soon after, she realizes something isn’t right in her apartment.
Episode 3: - “Malcom”
Malcom awakes newly arrived to The Between, in a desert among the ashes of a burnt down house, distraught about the whereabouts of his daughter Allirea. A mysterious stranger with burning skin takes Malcolm to a 50s style café revealing a conspiracy that could separate him forever from his beloved Allirea. The Burning Man offers Malcolm an alternative course of action…
Episode 4: - “Bardolph”
We rejoin Bardolph and Gallus who are working out what to do since failing their mission. Bardolph seeks the help of the Oracle: a 60,000 year old Aboriginal child, who knows all the secrets of The Between. Meanwhile, Gallus discovers that Bardolph has been keeping a very big secret from him which may cause their fate and that of the entire after-world to hang in the balance.
The series was created entirely in the VR painting and animation app, Quill and marked the first time that Meta invested in a Quill project from an Australia-based company. Meta Quest commissioned Lustration VR for its Oculus TV platform, where episodes one -three are now currently available for viewing on Meta Quest VR headsets.
Lustration Season One Release Dates on Oculus TV:
Episode 1 - Friday, March 25th
Episode 2 - Friday, April 8th
Episode 3 - Friday, April 29th
Episode 4 - Friday, May 13th (SEASON FINALE)
The cast features Australian talent alongside iconic US-based voiceover artists, including Kevin Conroy, the only and fan-favourited voice of the US’ Batman: The Animated Series for the last 23 years; Grey Griffin (Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman: Arkham; Scooby-Doo); Dante Basco who played the cult hero ‘Rufio’ in Hook and is also the voice of ‘Prince Zuko’ in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Tamlyn Tomita who is best known for playing the role of ‘Kumiko’ in The Karate Kid II and more recently in the spin-off Netflix series Cobra Kai.
New Canvas also recently announced the launch of its Discord Server to further entice its fans by building a vibrant community where its properties like Lustration can connect with members and creators to chat, hang out and get access to news and content and the series. New Canvas also recently teased the Q2 2022 launch of its forthcoming, blockchain powered community platform with social tokens.