Danni speaks with Craig, founder of West Sydney Paranormal Research, about WSPR’s latest involvement in the documentary that will change how you see paranormal investigation and evidence.
Danni: Craig from West Sydney Paranormal Research, and dear friend of Ghosts of Oz for many, many years, how are you my friend it’s been a while!
Craig: Hi Danni… I’m well thankyou. I’m a little older, hopefully a little wiser, and still loving what I do, so thanks for having me.
D: So, talk about taking the world by storm! Firstly, for those playing at home, Craig is patriarch of WSPR founded in mid2010 and along with his team investigate, research and strive to find answers to long asking questions. They’ve made appearances on mainstream and underground radio stations, mainstream Australian TV, hosted paranormal investigations and made so many documentaries of their own and oh god the list goes on find them on their website for more details. Look, I just want to get stuck into this exciting new project that is ready to shock the world because in approximately 1 week you will be jet setting off to the states! ‘Sir No Face’ is the name of the documentary by Chad Calek, produced by Justin Holstein and Thomas Lee Bottom featuring AGH Television and yours truly WSPR! Tell us, how and when did this project begin?
C: Well, it’s a long story, but we’ve been working with Chad and the AGH Crew for well over a year to bring this real life documentary together. I guess it all started when Chad asked me to help them organise an Australian tour early in 2015. Due to the fact that WSPR had put so much time and effort into securing locations and helping them confirm events and dates, Chad had asked me if I could put together a presentation of WSPR and some of the interesting experiences and footage we had accumulated over the years. Well… During this presentation, Chad and the crew saw some footage that stopped them dead in their tracks. The rest is history.
D: I’ve watched SIR NOFACE trailer about 10 times and already I’m loving that we are looking at a professional and objective documentary. What drew WSPR towards working with Chad, what made you think, yes! I need to work with this guy?
C: If you’ve ever seen any of Calek’s work, you’ll notice straight away that it is raw. He is a documentarian that is hard-hitting, no bullshit, and absolutely loves what he does, and that shows in his work. He is fully independent – so he has no limitations, or expectations put on him, and I just love the realness of his work. Chad has also researched the paranormal for years, so he understands the work. He understands researchers like us, which makes it a hell of a lot easier for him to tell a paranormal story. When you combine this with the fact that someone of the calibre of Chad Calek approaches you and says, “I would love to tell this story..”, the decision to work with him was pretty easy.
D: Now mentioned in the feature is the fact that your team were granted full access to the site of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Australia, but also it is the first paranormal investigation in history to be authorised by the Australian Government. That is a big thing! But you were up for the challenge. Were you aware of the ramifications of being involved in such a project? Going into this, did you all prepare yourselves for the varying feedback or maybe even backlash for such a controversial project?
C: We’ll delve into this in the film – but it first started as a regular investigation for us, just on a much bigger scale. Cockatoo Is. is a big place, with scores of different buildings and historical layers to sift through, so going into the work for them was really exciting.
What we discovered and what they (the government) saw with their own eyes though, was something that none of us ever expected in our wildest dreams. In regards to the film, I don’t think anyone can ever prepare properly for what is about to happen. We all know what it means when you put ‘evidence’ out to the world – It means that no matter how good it may be, you’re going to be scrutinised to the nth degree.
You’ll cop a lot of flak, and nine times out of ten, you are called a fraud, or an overly enthusiastic ‘ghost hunter’ jumping to conclusions and misidentifying what was actually occurring. We can never prepare I think, but we understand what is about to happen. My motto throughout this entire project has been, “The truth holds no fear.”
D: Oh yes definitely! We can appreciate the raw when it comes to recording the paranormal. Ok, it’s time to be a little jovial now; any hiccups occurring during the production process? Culture clashes?
C: Production was pretty simple really, nothing really jumps out at the moment, but in regards to culture clashes: Vegemite, Drop Bears & Rugby League – Everyone can try and figure out what they hated, what they loved and what petrified them.
D: So how and when can we get a taste of this ground breaking documentary?
C: Great question – Well, I can tell you that the SIR NOFACE film will tour the country at some point. He will be coming home to where it all began! I just can’t tell you when yet, but stay tuned!
D: So you’re off in a few days to the States. What’s on the agenda? Who else is going?
C: Yes I am… It’s not ‘real’ at the moment. It has snuck up really quick! The agenda will consist of screening the SIR NOFACE film, along with Chad’s other new film called ‘BLACKSHEEP’, in 17 cities across the US. After the screening of the films, Chad and I will lead guests on an investigation of a reportedly haunted location. I’ll also be lucky enough to have WSPR members join me at some of the cities during the tour, which will culminate in Team WSPR & Dan McMath conducting our own paranormal event at a place called YORKTOWN HOSPITAL in San Antonio, Texas. Other than that, the tour will consist of A LOT of media obligations, meet & greets, and time on the road travelling from venue to venue.
D: And if anybody wants more information where can they go?
C: You can stay up-to-date on all things SIR NOFACE via the official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SIRNOFACEMOVIE - if you’re not on Facebook, check out the AGH website at, www.aghtelevision.com
D: Craig, thank you so much for taking time out to speak with me, as always I am a keen follower of WSPR and their projects, and so is Ghosts of Oz, we are so excited for this journey and congratulations again on another successful documentary!
C: Thanks Danni, it’s been a pleasure. Looking forward to showing the world that Australia has some spooky spots to match it with the best of them.
Danni is a Drama and English High School teacher by trade, but Danni also enjoys her time frolicking in the forest of the Dandenong Ranges looking for anomalies, writing spooky poetry, Directing theatre and eating wild berries.