You have no idea how much I didn’t want to do this interview.
I knew I should do it. I knew that euthanasia was an important topic and a cause I believe in. I know that Andrew Denton is a lovely man who is crazy-smart and astonishingly articulate. He’s also funny and warm and really caring. I met Andrew and his wife Jennifer Byrne years ago through our mutual friends Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Fitzsimons and I see him socially a few times a year.
Our paths sometimes cross for work and like every other journalist, I’ve always been in awe of him professionally for many reasons but particularly for his Enough Rope interview series.
Andrew is the interviewers’ interviewer. Just like Richard Fidler who is his radio equivalent. I’ve learnt so much about interviewing from watching and listening to them both.
For instance. I once read that when he was filming Enough Rope, he and his production team used to do mountains of research on their subject. So he would bury himself in that person for a week but when he walked out onto the set for the actual interview, he wouldn’t have a scrap of paper or a single note.
This was to make sure he stayed in the moment and followed his subject. Richard Fidler is the same and I know this because he interviewed me once. No notes.