6X9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement

Film phase:Completed


Right now, more than 80,000 people are locked in a 6 by 9 foot concrete box. They have no human contact, every element of their environment is controlled. The sensory deprivation causes severe psychological damage. It changes them, they become invisible. 6X9 invites participants into their world.


6X9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement is co-directed by Francesca Panetta & Lindsay Poulton.

Francesca Panetta looking directly at the camera, standing in front of a white background. She has medium-dark hair, a dark long-sleeve t-shirt, and denim jeans. Portrait in black and white.

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. Working with journalists and multimedia producers, developers and designers, she has commissioned and directed flagship pieces such as Firestorm, The Shirt on Your Back, The View from the Shard, and The First World War, an interactive multilingual documentary. In addition to her work at the Guardian, Francesca works as a sound artist specializing in binaural sound design and non-linear storytelling, usually in physical landscapes. Francesca talks around the world about digital storytelling and innovation in audio.

Lindsay Poulton smiling widely and looking directly at the camera. She has light long hair. Portrait in black & white.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 literature, features on the First World War,  military operations in Afghanistan, and investigations into the global garment industry. Lindsay speaks at festivals and conferences around the world about documentary and innovation in digital storytelling.