- How did it all start with this project?
I moved to Australia from London in 2014. At the time, the issue of offshore detention and migration was in the news almost every day, and had become embroiled with the federal election.
As a foreigner, I had never heard about the issue before, and it seemed strange to me that there was a voice missing from the debate – the voice of those people that were most affected by it.
I started doing some research and found that there was only one existing interview with detainees on Manus Island, and that it hadn’t reached the mainstream media at all – so I began thinking about how I could use my own skills to give these people a voice.
- How did the production go? What were the challenges to take up?
The biggest challenge was getting in touch with the detainees. It took around 6 months to organise the interviews. Once I had the 3 hours of recordings, the next biggest challenge was to edit them down into what felt like a 15 minute story, without oversimplifying the very complex situations the two men were in.