SBS SERIES ON INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION SEEKS PARTICIPANTS.
- SBS SERIES ON INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION SEEKS PARTICIPANTS.
Our Sydney-based production company, Becker Entertainment, is
currently making 3 x one-hour documentaries for SBS Television about
We are looking for someone who feels a profound need to try and find
out more about themselves and who struggles on some level with their
sense of identity as a result of their adoption. They may or may not
have had a happy adoptive experience. They may or may not have
We will cover the travel costs for our candidate to fly back to their
birth country and stay for approximately a week to ten days while they
re-visit the orphanage they once lived in, experience the sights and
sounds of their country of origin and search for their birth mother.
We are interested in accompanying someone on their journey back to
Korea, India, Thailand, China or Africa. We already have two other
participants (and their family members) returning to Romania and Sri
Although we would prefer to follow someone who has never been back to
their country of birth, we would also like to hear from people who
have already been back to their country of birth but who have yet to
meet their birth mother. The participant must live in Australia and
have spent their childhood here.
Our production schedule kicks off next February and we expect to film
between February and May 2009 but we are looking for candidates now!
Some candidates may already have located their birth mother's
whereabouts and made initial contact but have not met her yet. Others
may go on a journey that does not lead them to their birth mother but
perhaps uncovers siblings they never knew they had. Some searches may
prove successful, others unsuccessful, despite the full dossier of
information that our candidate has gathered together.
We are also keen to film our candidate prior to the trip so that we
can get to know them and find out why the journey is so crucial. The
adoptee will tell their own story and take us on their journey. Our
stance is non-judgemental and we are aiming to present the personal,
political, social and psychological issues that inter-country adoption
raises for all concerned.
We will film our participant as he/she embarks on their search and we
want to give as honest as account as possible of the complex emotions
that come up, whether the individual finds their birth family or not.
If they do, we would like to be able to film the birth family,
although we understand that this will need to be negotiated with the
family or birth mother and we certainly wouldn't film them without
Part of the brief of our series is to explore the wider issues around
inter-country adoption too so, for example, the way Korea views
unmarried mothers and the attitudes towards returning adoptees is of
interest to us too.
We will also be interviewing our participant's adoptive family to find
out how the adoption process was for them and to get a greater sense
of our participant's background so its important that members of the
adoptive family are supportive of the documentary too and willing to
participate in it.
If you'd like to find out more for yourself or if you know someone who
you think might be interested, please give me a call or drop me an
email and we can talk further.
Contact : Dominique Pile
Direct Line : (61) 2 84251127
Switch: : (61) 2 9438 3377
Email : dominiquep@...