Prospective Sources

As elsewhere discussed, I am keen to conduct a number of film interviews to make up a significant portion of the online documentary’s content. I want to tackle this project with a strong journalistic approach and rigour. This said, there is little point in me actually conducting said interviews at this point in time because:

  1. To secure high quality sources I will probably need to promise publication, which might never happen if this proposal does not get produced
  2. Even if this project is put into production, there is a great chance the overall direction will change, meaning interviews would have to be reshot which would be difficult if sources did not have any more time to spare.

So, in lieu of actual interviews, I have sought out a number of ‘potential’ sources that might be contacting if this project goes ahead. Thus far, I want to interview sources in three main categories. These categories and the respective potential candidates are listed below.




As an associate professor at the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology, Professor Carnney would make an excellent source to speak to about the neurological reactions that are activated by fear-based interactions. She has also been involved in a number of research projects that look at the different types of fear e.g. learned fear, conditioned fear and fear memory. She would provide a thorough academic perspective on fear, giving insight into how these processes work inside the human body.


As another member of the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology, Professor McNally would also be a potential good source to gain that ‘academic perspective’. He has also been involved in many research article and studies at both a behavioral level as well as at a neural level.

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As an Australian director recently responsible for the remake of the Australian horror class Patrick, Hartley could give a profound insight into why Australia and other countries have enjoyed such prolific horror-film industries. What drives people to want to inflict an unpleasant emotion upon themselves? How do you make a film that targets these fears? How have horror movies changed through history and does this reflect a change in society? He has also currently filming this third documentary into genre films, giving him a strong understanding of the broader trends in the Australian film industry.

Poster for Mark Hartley's latest film, the remake of Australian horror classic 'Patrick'
Poster for Mark Hartley’s latest film, the remake of Australian horror classic ‘Patrick’


Whilst like Hartley, Bertram has film-industry credentials that would help to answer the suggested questions I listed above, his main drawing-card as a source is that he is the co-founder and current director of A Night of Horror, International Film Festival. Given this role, he could speak about organizing a festival specifically targeted towards people who actively engage with their fears.



PYSCHOLOGIST: I’d also like to interview a psychologist to find out about the processes involved in overcoming fears. What therapies are available? How have therapies changes throughout history? Is fear inherent in all humans?

SERIAL PHOBIC: It would be fantastic if I could find a case-study who suffers from many phobias or has a particularly interesting fear. This could add a more personal element to my documentary.



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