Filmmaker Magazine interviewed Frida and Lasse Barkfors, the filmmaking couple behind Pervert Park.
Filmmaker: In dealing with ostracized subjects, was it difficult to establish transparency during filming? Did you find that they were heavily guarded or rather openly past caring?
Barkfors and Barkfors: It differed a bit, but we would say that most of the residents in the park were a bit guarded during our first visit. Keeping in contact with the park throughout the years it took to make the film helped in gaining their trust and getting them to open up. Once they realized we were there to listen to them, with no hidden agenda, they opened up to us one by one. We did have a close correspondence with Don, the sex offender’s counselor, to make sure that they weren’t minimizing their crime, but actually telling us the truth. We also made sure to film what they said about their crimes both in therapy and in the interviews we made.
Photo of Frida and Lasse Barkfors is from the DokuFest website.