Experiencing Interruptions?

You Were Chosen

Adoptees voice their experiences of being adopted, with Prof Shurlee Swain explaining the laws, the effect that has on adoptees, how the entrenched narrative is still being enforced via pro adoption advocates and the damage that is causing

  • Heather Waters
    Producer
    You should be Grateful, The Lost Souls
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 29, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4k
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography

At the age of 13, I was introduced to photography on a professional level and later, continued to study the art at a deeper level. I have always loved creating a beautiful picture.
I was adopted shortly after birth, was raised an only child in a single parent family. Ironic given that is exactly the reason I was adopted - so that I wasn't raised that way.
From the age of 4, I was a stage performer of ballet, calisthenics and drama, eventually ending that career at age 13.
I'm highly organised, creative, passionate and determined. I have combined my strengths, skills and circumstances and channelled them into the film making industry to create artistic works which convey meaning on behalf of and for others.

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Director Statement

Adoption is a global problem in that largely, it does not address the needs of the child but rather, focuses on the desires of the adults. Adoption is damaging, on many levels, to a child who will then need to live with the effects of that decision for the rest of their life. I strongly believe the first achievable step is to keep the child's identity as a whole, intact. Their name, medical history, ancestry and relatives all need to be open and accessible to them at all times. Working towards less damaging ways can help development which leads to a more whole human being and healthy adult.