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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

Directed by Gabrielle Brady
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
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.

Gabrielle Brady’s hypnotic documentary focuses on Poh Lin—a trauma therapist who works with inmates of the detention center. Following Lin as she explores the island and speaks to her clients, Brady brings together the island’s violent past, Lin’s therapy sessions, and the relentless drive of the migrating crabs in a sharply beautiful, haunting meditation on how a place can reflect its own past and present.

—Jason Gutierrez
Drama, Environmental, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    94 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Farsi, French, Mandarin
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Gabrielle Brady
  • Screenwriter:
    Gabrielle Brady
  • Cinematographer:
    Michael Latham
  • Editor:
    Katharina Fiedler
  • Composer:
    Aaron Cupples
  • Associate Producer:
    Julia Niethammer
  • Co-Producer:
    BFI, WDR
  • Sound Designer:
    Leo Dolgan
  • Color Grader:
    Aline Biz
  • First AD:
    Zena Kells
  • Cast:
    Poh Lin Lee, Christine Cummins, Arthur Floret, Poppy Floret
  • Producers:
    Alexander Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady
  • Executive Producers:
    Sarah Perks, Lizzie Franke

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Susan Norget
    Susan Norget Film Promotion
    New York, NEW YORK 10013
    Phone: 212 431 0090
    susan@norget.com
  • Print Source
    Edd Maggs
    Mediatek Post
    Portland, DT52AL
    Phone: 771 349 9374
    edd@eddmaggs.co.uk
  • International Sales Contact
    Salma Abdalla
    Autlook Filmsales
    Vienna, 1070
    Phone: +43 676 900 3771
    salma@autlookfilms.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Salma Abdalla
    Autlook Filmsales
    Vienna, 1070
    Phone: +43 676 900 3771
    salma@autlookfilms.com

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