6x9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement


World Premiere

U.K. | 0 MINUTES | English |


Female Director(s)

The prison population of the United States is enormous with over two million individuals currently incarcerated nationwide. Nearly 80,000 of those are held in solitary confinement. They have no human contact and every element of their environment is controlled. Meals come through a slot in the solid steel door, as does all communication with prison staff. They might be allowed to shower once a week. They might not see the outdoors for months or years on end. They spend 22-24 hours a day in their cell with little to no human contact for days or even decades. The sensory deprivation they endure causes severe psychological damage. These people are invisible to us—and eventually to themselves. The UN has condemned solitary confinement. But it continues. (This is a virtual reality project featured as an installation for the first time. It is also a 2016 TFI New Media Fund grantee.)

With support from Google News Lab, TFI New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, PBS Frontline.

Read an interview with 6x9 co-producer Francesca Panetta about exploring virtual reality's potential in journalism, at TribecaFilm.com.

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Directed by Lindsay Poulton and Francesca Panetta

Francesca Panetta is a multi-award winning sound artist and journalist. She works for the Guardian as a Special Projects Editor leading on projects which innovate in storytelling. Lindsay Poulton is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who is passionate about innovation in digital storytelling and new platforms. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and multimedia interactives on subjects ranging from climate change to the First World War, military operations in Afghanistan and investigations into the global garment industry in Bangladesh.Read our interview with Panetta here.

Francesca Panetta, Lindsay Poulton
Jarrad Vladich
Consultant Producers
Jean Casella & James Ridgeway from Solitary Watch
Executive Producer
Stephen Venning, Xaquin G.V., Aron Pilhofer
Concept Design
Aurelien Ronceray, Jiyoung Lee
Creative Director
Carl Addy
Creative Technologists
Kevin Young, Andrew Manson
3D Lead and Modellers
Ed Thomas, Will Burdett, Marta Carbonell
Type Designers
Alexandra Thursby-Pelham, Charles Bigeast
Motion Graphics
Jessica Tan


Project Contact
Francesca Panetta
The Guardian
London, N1 9GU
Phone: +44 203 353 2000
Project Contact
Lindsay Poulton
Guardian News & Media
London, N1 9GU
Phone: +44 203 353 2312
Press Contact
Veronika Cernadas
The Guardian
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 646 935 9042