You Were Chosen

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You Were Chosen is a multi award winning documentary, filmed in Adelaide, South Australia, that tells the stories of two adoptees; of their journeys and experiences throughout their lives. It highlights the effects the laws have on them, as narrated by Prof. Shurlee Swain, along with the views entrenched in society by pro adoption advocates.

You Were Chosen is the second in a series of documentaries, covering issues that adoptees face in their lifetime and the effects it creates on both them and those around them, including their families.

The doco will be available to stream at a later date

The Crew

DOP Jordan Agutter is filming this doco with the Sony FS7 in 4k, producing some simply stunning results. He’s also operating aerial photography. This is the first time I’ve worked with Jordan. His contribution to this project has been invaluable.


Sound Tom Wroblewski is our sound recordist. He’s also on post sound mix. I’ve known Tom for several years and have always been impressed by his standard of work and professionalism.


On board we also have Luke Simmons from The Beat Box at Christies Beach. He’s been an amazing support by utilising his time and services to run his 8mm projector with Patricia’s old home movies for us to film.

The People

You Were Chosen commenced filming in March 2019, interviewing Ferg Ferguson alongside his biological mother, Evelyn Robinson.

The next filming block was the interview in June with Professor Shurlee Swain, who came in from interstate.

Finally in July, Patricia Key, adoptee was interviewed. We then obtained some of her old 8mm and Super 8 films from her youth which she had not seen before, to use within this doco.


Although the doco will be released in early 2020, you can pre order the DVD by going below 

YWC will be available to stream at a later date after release, on Vimeo and Amazon Prime. Links will be available on this page

Good film to watch . Best Wishes. Marcello Villiagram 04 Sep, 2020


Best Shorts Competition

In September 2019, You Were Chosen, Sizzle, was submitted into the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, California where it was selected as a finalist
The sizzle then went on to receive an Award of Merit

Accolade Global Film Competition

The documentary Sizzle reel has been selected for the Accolade Global Film Competition to screen in La Jolla, California for November 2019.
It has gone on to receive an “Award of Recognition 2019”

Global Shorts

You Were Chosen was selected for the Global Shorts competition to screen in Los Angeles, California for September 2019
The Sizzle has gone on to receive an Award for “Honourable Mention”

Impact Docs Awards

You Were Chosen ~ sizzle reel, was entered into the Impact Docs Awards. In September 2019, the sizzle received an “Official Selection”. Final judging for placement has earned an Award of Recognition in January 2020. The festival is in La Jolla, California

Indie Short Fest

The Doco sizzle reel has been selected to screen at Indie Short Fest in October 2019, at Los Angeles California
The 5 minute sizzle has gone on to collect a nomination for Best Trailer/Teaser

World Film Carnival, Singapore

You Were Chosen ~ sizzle reel, was entered into the World Film Carnival, Singapore. In August 2020, the sizzle received an “Official Selection”. Final judging for placement has earned the reel as overall winner in its category. The festival is held in Singapore

Indo American International Festival of World Cinema, India

You Were Chosen ~ sizzle reel obtained official selection into the Indo American International Festival of World Cinema in India, August 2020

Castellabate Film Festival, Italy

Although the festival is to take place in December 2020, YWC is an official selection of this festival. The festival will be held in Agropoli, Italy in late December 2020

You Were Chosen ~ due for release in 2020

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2 thoughts to “You Were Chosen”

  1. Looking forward to watching this.
    I now live in South Africa. Where can I download.

    48yo Adopee / forced into a messed up dysfunctional family but got my life pretty well together (surface)… lol

    Lyonelle Venter (Nee Watson)

  2. Hi Lyonelle, when the full doco is released, you will be able to access it from this page 😊

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