You Were Chosen (2020)
Two adoptees share their experience of being adopted alongside a professor who explains adoption laws, the implications and effects adoption has on the adoptee and how the laws differ from 50 years ago.
Completed On: 03 Sep, 2020
Duration: 4 min 55 sec
Director: Heather Waters
Submitted By: Heather Waters
ProducerHeather WatersYou Should be Grateful
Runtime4 minutes 55 seconds
Completion Date03 Sep, 2020
Production Budget17000 AUD
Country of OriginAustralia
Country of FilmingAustralia
My aim is to raise awareness, educate and advocate for adoption by giving adoptees a voice through film and by actively being involved in the community.
Ever since I can recall, I have owned a camera and always loved snapping away. I recall the excitement of taking the roll of film into the chemist, then the anticipation while waiting a week for it to be developed. I remember asking in hope which day it would be that I would finally get to see all the beautiful images that I photographed. During this decade, I developed a love for films also. I recall sneaking my grandma off, against my mother’s wishes, to see “The Shining” with Jack Nicholson, at the cinema during the school holidays. It was a real treat to see a film up on the big screen back then. That was the 70’s.
In the 80’s I was introduced to professional photography and “the darkroom”. I learned that’s not a place you make out but in fact a place where film negatives are developed and turned into prints. I loved learning about this art. My lecturer even stated that I “have the ability to “see” a picture.”
Throughout this time, I was involved in performing arts. Mostly Calisthenics however ballet, gymnastics, drama and stage performances (plays) were also part of my arts education.
The continuation of photography would eventually lead into editing then film-making. It has always been a passion of mine. Some of the business qualifications behind me are business studies, management, sales and admin.
I am directly affected by adoption in that I am an adoptee. My mother was one of those women who had to hand over her child for adoption back in the 60′s. That part of my life and indeed her life, was not as brutal as some however I was placed into a home where there was little physical nurturing nor support. Unfortunately, Social workers only visited a couple of times shortly thereafter, focusing only on the conditions of the house and whether I was being clothed and fed etc.
My adoptive parents officially separated when I was four and I was raised an only child by my adoptive mother. I have met my biological parents and my half siblings however I think that it is difficult for all concerned to find our comfortable place for where we all belong. My entire life has been spent searching for my own identity. Even after finding my biological mother, the hole in my life still remains and always will. I have been directly involved with support groups, seminars, supervising groups, read heaps of literature on the subject and continue to be actively involved with helping others in the adoption arena.