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ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 30, 2022

Associate Professor Peter Hegedus has been selected to premiere his film, Sorella’s Story to the world at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival in August.

The film explores the story behind a single atrocity photograph of a group of women and 11-year-old Sorella during the Holocaust.

The 1941 photograph Sorella’s Story is based on
Shot 360° and viewed through a virtual reality headset, Sorella’s Story places the viewer in the snowy landscape of 1941 Latvia and takes place before a mass execution on a beach during the Holocaust.

Sorella’s story was filmed in Hungary, the main character Sorella is voiced by Australian actress Charlotte Stent and portrayed by Hungarian actress Kiara Kalmár.

The work was written, directed and produced by Peter and was produced by Jaclyn McLendon and Bobbi-Lea Dionysius and co-produced by Axel Griegor and András Muhi with Peter Kurucz as sound designer.

Peter said using 360° technology to produce the film helped connect the viewer to the story in a more impactful way.

“I was deeply moved by the image of the women in the photo and wanted to be brave, tell stories about the Holocaust that push boundaries and engage with new audiences,” said Associate Professor Hedegus.

“With Sorella’s Story, we set out to create an experience that will emotionally connect people across cultures, demographics and economic divides.”

A scene from the story of Sorella
“The honor of premiering the film at the Venice International Film Festival fulfills the dream of being able to bring this experience to people around the world.”

Sorella’s Story is part of a unique suite of projects, along with In Their Name which airs on ABC August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

In Their Name is an intimate portrait of a conversation between director Peter Hegedus and 92-year-old Ethel Davies. Now based in Sydney, Davies was a consultant for Sorella’s Story, while her family
perished in the same massacre as Sorella.

Another soon-to-be-completed feature-length documentary To Never Forget tells the wider story of the Latvian Holocaust intertwined with Peter’s three-year personal journey to bring
the immersive film to reality.

Peter developed the film with the help of Griffith Film School (GFS) and the production team fostered a unique collaboration with a team of GFS staff and students who traveled to Latvia and Hungary in a range of key production roles.

The GFS team included Louise Harvey for VFX with help from Levi Johns, Bobbi-Lea Dionysius, Tess Brading, Amelia Paxman, Sarah Hope, Gilberto Roque, Jemma Potgieter, and Peter Kurucz.

The film was also made possible through Griffith University’s strategic research initiative, Disrupting Violence.