Beyond the Milky Way


Beyond the Milky Way

Directed by:

Briege Whitehead






Experience the greatest scientific endeavour in history as you step onto Australia’s future site of the incredible SKA telescope. Travel to the radio-quiet Western Australian outback to discover the world’s largest radio telescope capturing the corners of the Universe and breaking new ground in astronomical research. Narrated by physicist professor Brian Cox, join the quest for answers as this time machine enables us to see further into space-time than ever before and presents our greatest chance of discovering extra-terrestrial life. Guided by scientists, experts and ancient astronomers of Wajarri Yamaji Country, see the sky in unprecedented 360° and witness our world from a new perspective as you travel Beyond the Milky Way to the edge of what’s possible.

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Director Bio:

Briege Whitehead Briege Whitehead is an award-winning producer, director and writer, based in Perth, Western Australia, and is passionate about finding and telling important stories from around the world. From a young age she learned the importance of engaging audiences when she hosted her own weekly radio show as a child. Briege established her own company, White Spark Pictures, in 2017, focused on producing both factual programming for the international television market as well as Virtual Reality (VR), immersive and interactive productions. A pioneering VR producer, Briege is responsible for the ground-breaking VR hit, ‘The Antarctica Experience’, one of the most commercially successful and in-demand VR films of all time.

TV productions from Briege Whitehead and White Spark Pictures have appeared on leading broadcast platforms around the world such as National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery and Netflix, including natural history series ‘Impossible Planet’ (12 x 1 hr) on Animal Planet & Discovery+ in the US and true crime series ‘Poisonous Liaisons’ (13 x 1 hr) on C&I Network & History Channel in the UK. Briege has also written and produced on titles that include ’72 Dangerous Places to Live’ and ’72 Cutest Animals’ for National Geographic and Netflix globally.

Briege has also been recognised for her business acumen and in 2021 was awarded enterprise funding from Screen Australia to develop an innovative new virtual reality technology called Surround Sync. Surround Sync, also the name of her new business, is set to be a game-changer in expanding the distribution and commercial opportunity for VR. Briege is extremely well-connected in the international television and VR worlds and is frequently asked to act as an advisor on specific projects and to contribute as a spokesperson/panellist at major events.

Briege is a 40under40 winner (2020), former SPA (Screen Producers Australia) “One-to-Watch”, the winner of the 2020 ECU International Alumni Award and the winner of the 2019 Channel 7 Western Australian Young Achiever for the Year Award for Innovation.

Beyond the Milky Way