Georgina Kiedrowski, a local camera operator and TV producer, came to St. Ambrose to talk to the BBC School Report Team.
A relative of one of our reporters, Ben, she was a survivor of The Island – an entertainment survival show where a group of males and females stayed on a desolate island where they fought to tolerate the wilderness for a period of 6 weeks…
George, as she prefers to be called, first started in the producing industry 16 years ago, with a passion for filming and was fascinated iprofessional story-telling since she was 7 years old, whilst watching Top of the Pops! She began training as a camera operator; throughout her career, she has worked in News and Factual and Entertainment Documentaries. She was then offered an opportunity of a lifetime and recruited to be part of the embedded camera crew as she had to participate in the programme too.
Upon her arrival, George was welcomed by the leaders of broadcasting club, Mr Lewis and Miss Haselden. After that, she answered some questions that we had prepared for her beforehand. When asked, “Did your experience on The Island help you become better at your job in any way?” she answered that she could look at her work at a different perspective and she spends more time with the people that she works with to bond.
We also asked: “Psychologically, what was the biggest challenge that you had to endure?” She replied saying that at some points, she wanted to leave and thought that she wasn’t fulfilling her job and she was on the verge of insanity after 6 weeks on The Island. However, she managed to cope by remembering that her suffering was going to end, unlike that of those she has filmed living in extreme poverty.
Another question asked was: “You produce a lot of shows with emergencies in, what’s the horrifying sight?” Georgina said that there were many tragic scenes that she has had to film but she tries to forget that they are in painful situations, and switches to thinking that they are being helped and they’ll be on their road to recovery with their family and friends soon.
Here is an Audio Interview of more of what we said,
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed her visit here and we wish her the best as she flies to Jordan for her next show, about the refugee camps. Thank you for all the advice and tips, George!
Written by Natalie and Autumn
Audio Interview by Benjamin , Harry and Jack