Programme 2018

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Director: Gabrielle Brady


Section: International Competition

Country: Germany, UK, Australia | Year: 2018

Language(s): English, French, Farsi, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese | Time: 94 mins

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On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee.

Director's Bio

Gabrielle Brady, born in 1984, is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. She studied documentary filmmaking at the Cuban International Film School. Gabrielle has lived nomadically for the past ten years, traveling between Cuba, Mongolia, Indonesia, the Australian central desert, and Europe. Her short film The Island (2017) was commissioned as part of the Guardian documentary series and premiered at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Island of the Hungry Ghosts is her first feature film.

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