Have you noticed the construction work outside the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour? Work is well underway on our new Action Stations experience – an amazing visitor facility on the museum’s wharf between our ex-Navy submarine and destroyer, opening in November 2015.
Inside the building we’re developing a series of spaces designed to give visitors new insight into the inner workings of navy life at sea. It will include a dramatic immersive film, a new discovery and exploration space and audio-visual encounters that recall sailors’ memories on board the vessels.
Over the last few weeks, our team has been working closely with award-winning creative agency Spinifex Group to create the eight-minute feature film which will transport visitors back to 1973 into the world of destroyer HMAS Vampire and submarine HMAS Onslow.
Projected within a custom-built walk-though theatre space comprising a 14-metre long floor-to-ceiling screen, the cinematic experience will show the ships alive and at sea, performing the dramatic tasks they were built for.
Filming has been taking place over the last week with the support of the Royal Australian Navy. More than 60 current naval servicemen have been taking part as extras, dressed in 1970s-themed uniforms. And again with the help of the Navy, at-sea footage has also been filmed on board current guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin.
The new building – designed by architects FJMT – is currently taking shape on the museum’s south wharf.