Journal 3: Interview Gained, Interview Lost

Pat sort of came out of nowhere. A few Facebook forays by the intrepid Olivia have yielded an excellent resource, Patricia. Pat came across from Britain as a child with her family in the early 1950’s and almost immediately settled in Wollongong. From what she has told us so far, she stayed at the Balgownie migrant hostel after her arrival in the country and has remained in the area ever since. An interview is planned for next week, and we are really excited to meet her.

The line of questioning we are taking is designed to, as you’d expect, produce a commentary and narration for relevant pictures and footage. I’ve prepared a few already, but I’m feeling confident about a little bit of improv. From what I’ve been reading, anyway, this will allow me to tailor questions to current topics and previous responses, which I hope will be where the highlights of the interview will come from. As well as being a bit nervous about the interview itself, I have to admit, my dear blog reader, that I’m a little nervous about how my interview skills will compare with Olivias. We might be just a little bit competitive and, unfortunately, she has a whole lot more experience in the area. Time will tell.

In other, less exciting news, Eric, the Austrian migrant I was keen to interview, has changed his mind and does not want to be interviewed. Though I am disappointed, I respect that decision. I imagine it must be pretty daunting to go in front of a camera operated by a couple of nervous uni students and talk about what is, essentially, your entire life.

Thinking about  that now has made me even more nervous about Pat’s interview. Way to go, process journal.


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