Sophie Harper

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Not By Accident Podcast

NOT BY ACCIDENT is a new audio documentary series available as a podcast, about choosing to become a single mother and coping with being one.

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My name is Sophie. I am 42 and my daughter Astrid just turned three. The day after my 38th birthday I called a clinic and booked an appointment to talk about choosing a donor and getting pregnant. I was single and had hoped I’d find myself in a happy, healthy relationship with someone who wanted to embark on parenthood with me. That didn’t happen and didn’t look like it was about to, so I had to take action before it was too late.

Life rolls along and we can’t always control the circumstances or events, we just have to deal with what comes our way. But now and then we can make a big choice, and take action and set life on a new course. We don’t have to just accept things as they are. We can make life more what we want it to be.

I’ve been using my audio recorder like a sketchbook or a camera for the past five years, capturing important moments and conversations on my path to single motherhood. I recorded my end of the many phone calls I made to tell the stories over and over to endlessly patient friends and family.

This series is a record for my child, and for people like her. It’s for anyone who’s had to go beyond a passionate encounter to pursue their dream of having a baby. It’s for women struggling with the momentous decision, some way along the journey or living as a fully-fledged ‘single mother by choice’ or ‘choice mom’ like me. It’s for those trying to understand decisions and actions being taken by someone they love. It’s for all the wonderful unconventional families who make the world a much more interesting place, and for all the wonderful people who accept and support us.

Not By Accident is a new audio documentary series launched as a podcast by Sophie Harper. It is about choosing to become a single mother and coping with being one. Episode 1: Insemination Story launched on 31 March 2016 and new episodes will be out every two weeks on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the ANU with a Film Studies major. After graduating I was hired by Bearcage Productions, where I worked on more than 40 corporate videos as director, editor, producer or all three. I also worked in crew roles on short films, documentaries, music videos (e.g. silverchair), and made a few shorts of my own.

In 1999 I came across the European FIlm College and signed up, flew to Denmark and had an incredible year of making films. Next I moved to Sydney and worked at the Australian Film Commission, researching the production industry and preparing catalogues of new Australian films for international markets. During this time I produced a documentary film: “Projecting the Body’ (Director Walter McIntosh).

I was made Governance Manager of Screen Australia for its first year of operation as the new Australian Government film agency. In 2009 I moved to Denmark to take up a teaching position at the European FIlm College where I worked for six years, for most of that time as Documentary Teacher and Vice Principal.

In 2015 I returned to Australia with my young daughter to be near family and work on my documentary podcast series ‘Not By Accident’.

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http://notbyaccident.net