AN Agnes Water woman who is a world leader in alien abduction counselling will feature in an SBS documentary alongside her son – a self-confessed UFO sceptic.
Mary Rodwell, who runs the Australian Close Encounter Research Network (ACERN), and her son, Chris Rodwell, a Melbourne veterinary surgeon, are the subjects of a documentary that focuses on the mother-son relationship as Ms Rodwell tries to educate her son about extraterrestrial visitations.
Ms Rodwell, affectionately known as Australia’s “alien lady”, is one of the world’s most sought-after and respected experts on all things to do with UFO phenomena.
In September, she spoke at a major conference held at Agnes Water, organised by Agnes-based UFO researcher Scott Bankier, where she said rural areas such as the Discovery Coast were hot spots for UFO sightings.
“I find in rural areas there are more sightings,” she said. “I think it’s because there is open clear sky so people are more likely to see things.”
Ms Rodwell, speaking from Sydney, where she is the subject of national media interest, yesterday said she agreed to do the documentary to let people who had had alien encounters know where they could get help and would not be ridiculed.
The former midwife and nurse, grief counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist founded ACERN in 1997 and has since supported 1600 cases of ET encounters worldwide. The organisation helps alien abduction victims deal with their traumas with the support of qualified medical doctors, psychologists and therapists.
In the documentary My Mum Talks to Aliens, to be aired on Tuesday at 8.30pm, Ms Rodwell and her son are followed on their journey of discovery as they travel the country in pursuit of solid evidence of an alien presence on Earth.
“I believe these advanced intelligences have been visiting this planet since the dawn of time, and I believe they’re here to assist evolution to another level,” Ms Rodwell said.
Ms Rodwell introduces her son to alien abductees in the film, including one associate who claims to have had a sexual encounter with an extraterrestrial being.
The show also claims it will unveil clear, never-before-seen footage of UFOs, and visits an astrophysicist whose job is to scan the skies for alien communication.