Individual storytellers: Agnes Karlik
Agnes Karlik talks about her Digital storytelling project, The Story of an Immigrant Filmmaker.
The title is the story of a film maker, and it is about my father. I came with him out to Australia. The ship Anna Salen arrived in Fremantle on the 31st of December, 1950. My father and I, amongst the 1,522 passengers. My father made a film of our journey. He was a filmmaker, a cameraman, and I thought it would be something for the family to remember by being told how it happened that we landed up here in Australia.
We escaped Communist Hungary for Vienna, leaving behind my mother and two sisters. For me to be able to represent him and also, our family to see, my sister is in Hungary. And I sent it to her. It was an experience for her to see all this. It was such a good feeling, I could do it for not only our family, but perhaps, for the history of our land.
We moved on quickly to Perth, searching for a place to develop my father's film. He heard of a lab in Melbourne. The lab, Hershs Films, offered my father a job, so Melbourne became a new home. I was lucky that I had so much support and help. And once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I think he would have been very proud. He didn't have a son, and I was always brought up to take over his establishment.
And because of that, I think he would have thought, well, good on you. At least you could do that much.