Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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    Island of the Hungry Ghosts

    Directed by

    Germany, UK, Australia

    2018

    94 min

    • French
    • English
    • Farsi
    • Mandarin

    Documentary

    On a small island in the Indian Ocean, one of the planet’s largest land migrations takes place. Forty million crabs make their way through dense jungle to the rugged coast and, finally, to sea. But Christmas Island’s sublime beauty hides another, darker presence: The Australian government runs a high-security detention facility deep within the island’s jungles, where asylum-seekers wait indefinitely to hear whether they can continue on to Australia. Meanwhile, local islanders carry out “hungry ghost” rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without receiving a proper burial.

    Awards

    • Buyens-Chagoll Award - Visions du Réel
    • Best Documentary Feature - Tribeca FF
    • Flinders University Feature Documentary Competition Award - Adelaide FF
    • Grand Jury Prize - Mumbai FF
    • Special Mention of the Documentary Jury - Edinburgh IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Poh Lin Lee
    Christine Cummins
    Arthur Floret
    Poppy Floret
    Screenplay
    Gabrielle Brady
    Cinematography
    Michael Latham
    Editing
    Katharina Fiedler
    Music
    Aaron Cupples
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    CHROMOSOM FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    THIRD FILMS
    Production
    ECHOTANGO AUSTRALIA

    Press

    The film makes much of the irony and absurdity of attitudes to immigration and refugees.

    Laurence Boyce, Screen Daily

    Gabrielle Brady

    Gabrielle Brady

    Australia

    Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. Brady studied film at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and has lived nomadically for the past ten years. She now resides part-time in Berlin. ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is her first feature film.