Genre: Documentary
Rating: 5 out of 5 1
Reviews: 1
Produced by: iVEC @ University of Western Australia
Directed by:
Peter Morse
Release date: August 2012
Type: Feature show
Plot keywords:
astronomers astronomy cosmology dark matter galaxies milky way science supernovae telescopes universe


DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe.

The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

The movie is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of dark matter evolution inside supercomputers. Alan introduces us to the idea of dark matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why radio astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery.

We explore why the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Telescope, currently under construction in remote Western Australia, will be so important in this scientific quest. But this is only the beginning.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of dark matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers – cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter. These visualisations, developed by Paul Bourke, demonstrate the cutting-edge of contemporary supercomputer visualisation of massive scientific datasets and astrophysical simulation.

It sounds like Science Fiction, but it’s not. It’s the real stuff. Real Data, seen in this way for the very first time.

Video gallery

You can buy this show from:

Altair LLC
RSA Cosmos
Fulldome Film Society


Long version runtime: 20 min
Suitable for: general audience
Target audience:
Resource & materials: poster
License: free
Official site: darkthemovie.info

Technical specifications

Video format: fulldome
Resolution: 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Audio format: 5.1, stereo
Stereo 3D: none
Production technologies: CG, live action, still photography, time-lapse photography
Available languages: English, French, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Others, Russian, Telugu
Show orientation: unidirectional

Production & Support

Produced by

Co-Produced by



Peter Morse
Peter Morse


Peter Morse
Peter Morse


Peter Morse
Peter Morse


Peter Morse
Peter Morse

Screened in 55 dome theatres


British Fulldome Institute
5 out of 5


Excellent Free Film

This is a superb free production and one of the most often downloaded from the British Fulldome Institute. Check out our large catalogue of free films, stills and other planetarium resources at www.bfi.gb.com