Australien Skies 2 is an independent documentary film directed by Don Meers produced by Dojo Media. This latest instalment focuses on apparent Alien contactee Liam Freaney who also appeared in Australien Skies part one however, the previous film focused more on another apparent contactee Damien Knott.
Firstly, the photography of AS2 is breathtaking at times with lovely artistic shots of the ocean, beaches, Australian wildlife, landscapes and time lapsed photography of the night sky. In terms of filmmaking the documentary is visually beautiful in many parts, and the editing is fantastic.
The subject of the film Liam Freaney, appears to be an honest and likeable chap originally from New Zealand now living in Kiama on the NSW south coast; and is described as a hardworking family man and genuine bloke. Liam states in the film that his contact with UFO’s began when he purchased a rather large pair of binoculars, it was after this that UFO’s started showing up more and more often to him.
Unfortunately, like Damien Knotts footage of supposed alien spacecraft much of the footage in the film is conjecture at best. One of the first stills we see in the film is obviously taken from inside a vehicle and to my eyes is simply a water droplet on the windscreen, which could be interpreted as a flying saucer. First, let’s consider that UFO means “Unidentified Flying Object”. Not “alien spacecraft”. The only things shown in the film as such are nothing but Unidentifiable objects in the sky and could be anything, from balloons, lights from passenger planes, remote control drones the list goes on.
Often you hear stories of UFO’s hovering or moving slowly which then take off at alarming speeds on sharp angles. That is the kind of footage I want to see to prove the intelligently controlled alien spacecraft hypothesis. However, Liam seems honestly convinced he is a contactee and I believe that he believes what is happening to him. Therefore, I don’t feel there is any conscious dishonesty on his part.
Don Meers is a good director and delivers well on screen, my question is why the director has so much time on screen when usually their duties fall from behind the camera? He asks the subject some mildly challenging questions regarding his claims. I guess you don’t want to pee off your subject who is most likely giving you their time for free.
Special guest Attila Kaldy of Moonlark Media is introduced as a good friend of the director, and Meers states he has had several encounters with UFO phenomena, none which however is elaborated upon. The appearance of Kaldy in the film is not much more than that of a fifth wheel. He has only broad, sweeping and pointless comments regarding the UFO/Contactee/Abduction phenomenon. Not much of which adds to the case at hand, his appearance seems to be not much more than profile raising than anything else. Perhaps Kaldy’s talents lie behind the camera not in front of it?
Liam goes on to talk about an installation: secret military, private contractor, black ops who really knows? Which Meers and Kaldy visit apparently substantiating Liam’s claims. However, all we get in the shot is a private property, do not enter, type sign. Which could be anywhere from someone’s suburban back yard to Pine gap?
Liam like most abductees points to strange markings, bruises etc on his skin which he believes is part of his experience as an abductee. When asked has he been checked by a doctor he tells the director that he has not. One suggestion is that some of the marks could be snake bites, Liam states that there is no way he could be bitten by a snake particularly in his home. The next odd turn of events has the director and crew visit a mate who lives on a farm who has experience with snake bites and snake wrangling in general. To my mind if we were to try and identify one of Liam’s marks as a snake bite surely you would consult a Doctor or a Paramedic with experience in treating and identifying snake bites? Instead they visit their mates farm and remove a non-venomous carpet snake from his shed. Again, this line of enquiry does not explain or add anything to Liam’s case.
The director asks Liam if he has consulted any professionals regarding his experiences, we can only assume he means a psychiatrist, psychologist, hypnotherapist or similar. Liam agrees, and an appointment is booked with Mary Rodwell. Mary is a hypnotherapist specialising in abduction cases and is regarded by some as one of Australia’s leading researchers and writers in the UFO and contact phenomenon.
Mary is obviously experienced in regression therapy and explains to Liam how hypnosis works. By bypassing the left brain and accessing the right brain. The issue with this type of investigation is that the right brain is the creative part of the brain also. I am not suggesting for one moment that Liam’s regression was “made up” by his right brain, as his answers whilst under hypnosis were as seemingly honest as his waking recollections. Mary also comes across as a very nice person, but also as a very strong “believer” in the alien abduction hypothesis. Her home is decorated in a very “new age” style and her therapy room where Liam is regressed has many images of the typical “grey” alien that most people today are familiar with. Consider for a moment that these types of images, particularly if you are going in for a regression can easily “contaminate” the subconscious. Particularly for some people who have suggestive personalities seeing multiple “greys” right before your regression, chances are they are going to turn up in your regression.
However, with Liam, from memory he does encounter a mother ship and aliens however in his regression he does not describe them as “greys”. One could also conclude that Mary used some suggestive terms in his regression with words like “beings” “solar system” etc. Liam goes on to describe a female figure from the future which appears to influence him. After coming out of his regression he feels he really needs to speak to his mum in New Zealand.
Liam returns home with no real answers to his experiences, yet he does appear to find some relief from his regression. The film concludes with Meers in a paddock with some very friendly Wallabies, which are gorgeous, but what is the relevance here?
In conclusion Australien Skies 2 is a lovely cinematic ride and appears to be more about the film making process than offering evidence, but like most of these types of abduction/contactee cases, nothing is proven, and no tangible evidence is put forward to proving the UFO/Alien hypothesis.
I did enjoy watching AS2 and it is great to see Aussie filmmakers making documentaries on subjects such as this, but if evidence is your purpose of watching this film you may come away somewhat disappointed.