Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Director: Gabrielle Brady 2018 94 Minutes Ages 18+
Island of the Hungry Ghosts Sat 13 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:15am 94mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Island of the Hungry Ghosts Wed 17 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 08:00pm 94mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Director Gabrielle Brady provides an unprecedented look at offshore detention in her remarkable and lyrical documentary which follows the life of Poh Lin Lee, a trauma therapist on Christmas Island.

Set against the island’s lush jungle scenery, Island of the Hungry Ghosts creates a hypnotic disquietude through the contrast of three migration stories. The island’s inhabitants reverently assist the red land crab’s mass migration from jungle to shore. Malayan migrants who now make the island their home dutifully appease their ancestors so that their ‘hungry ghosts’ are not condemned to walk the island searching for a home. Meanwhile, the daily horrors endured by detainees loom large, presenting a bewildering snapshot of the effects of such treatment on the human condition.


Classification:Ages 18+
Language:English, French, Farsi and Mandarin, with English subtitles
Director:Gabrielle Brady
Producer:Alexander Wadouh, Alex Kelly, Samm Haillay
Cast:Poh Lin Lee
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:For Films Sake