When did you first hear the story of Schapelle Corby being imprisoned for smuggling marijuana into Bali?
I heard about Schapelle's story in the newspaper. She hadn't received that much press at that time, but there was some suggestion that there was a problem with airport security and perhaps marijuana had been placed in her bag and she'd been framed. I made contact with her Indonesian legal team and said that I would be interested in making a behind the scenes documentary. And they said to come over to Bali. I think everyone, including the family and Schapelle herself, wanted a record of what had occurred.
What was your first meeting with her like, when you visited her in jail?
The first meeting was fairly tense, but I think she's a very likeable person. She was very welcoming when we turned up. But really she wasn't at all focused on whether we were filming or not. She was actually talking to some of her advisors about the next day that she had coming up and the testimony that she would give. But I think I was tense because of the prison atmosphere itself. It's fairly confronting when you go in there. You are in a Third World prison. You immediately are drawn to many of the foreign faces that are in there, and you learn that many of them are on drug charges from around the world. But I think the first thing is you go, "Oh my goodness. There's no freedom here."
Did the government or prison attempt to block your access?
No, but certainly most or all of the filming in the jail was undercover, so I guess if I'd asked for permission I probably wouldn't have got it. Basically we had a very small camera. Naively I actually went in with a normal size PD170 the first day with a boom. I just put it in my handbag, and the security at that time didn't have any screening process. You come into the jail and they might just take your name down, but they didn't actually look in my bag, and that's where I had the camera. But we had to be very careful when we were actually putting the camera up to film. We didn't want any repercussions for Schapelle if we were discovered, so there were many days that I would go into the jail and we just wouldn't bring the camera out at all. But I believe now it would be absolutely impossible to do any filming because the security at the prison has increased markedly since we were going in.