Island of the Hungry Ghosts



Gabrielle Brady, Germany, UK, Australia, 2018, 94’

The spectacular migration of thousands of crabs across Christmas Island sets the scene for Gabrielle Brady’s damning investigation into the plight of detained asylum seekers in Australia’s most notorious detention camp. In taut, spare interactions therapist Poh Lin gently tugs at the tangled experiences the migrants hold, to unravel the complex world of the prisoners who’ve committed no crimes. But when it becomes clear that clinicians are being legally excluded from the process, the voices of the Hungry Ghosts speak to her: the spirits of mistreated Chinese labourers who died on the island murmur in eternal torment, echoing the tales of her patients who writhe in a similar Limbo. Clearly suffering secondary trauma, Poh Lin hangs on for as long as possible before she is forced to heed the Hungry Ghosts’ warning and leave the island.

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Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. Gabrielle studied Documentary Direction at the Cuban international film school (EICTV). Gabrielle has lived nomadically for the past ten years, traveling between Cuba, Mongolia, Indonesia, the Australian central desert and Europe. Her short film ISLAND was commissioned as part of the Guardian documentary series and premiered at Sheffield festival 2017. Islands of the Hungry Ghosts is her first feature film.

Director: Gabrielle Brady 

Producer: Alexander Wadouh

Camera: Michael Latha, 

Editor: Katharina Fiedler

Sound: Leo Dolgan

Music: Aaron Cupples



Sunday 22nd July, 5.15pm, The Adam Room Cinema (Q&A)


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