Luna Exclusive! ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a film that should be seen by every Australian. Join us for a Q&A Premiere screening on Monday, March 11 following the 6.30pm session with award-winning director Gabrielle Brady whose ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is one of the year's most impressively made documentaries, a film that's as occasionally surreal as it is persistently moving. ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a true discovery. Hosted by Geraldine Mellet.
Christmas Island’s famous migrating crabs lost souls caught in limbo and political detainees intersect in lyrical, highly cinematic fashion in the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary award winner.
The tiny Indian Ocean Territory of Christmas Island has been a centre for migrating populations for millennia – first, the distinctive Christmas Island red crabs; then phosphate miners from Malaya in the 19th century; and most recently, people seeking asylum in Australia. It is here, at the nexus of the three, that first-time feature documentarian Gabrielle Brady locates her extraordinary essay, an expansion of her award-winning 2017 short The Island.
As trauma therapist Poh Lin gently coaxes detainees to tell their stories, the island’s willing residents perform "hungry ghost" rituals for spirits whose lack of proper burial has doomed them to wander its jungles for eternity; meanwhile, the crabs march across the land in their millions, in an endless cycle that repeats every year. Poetic and hypnotic, Island of the Hungry Ghosts presents a unique and moving meditation on politics, people and primaeval nature. (L English, French, Farsi, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese w/English subtitles)
"A film that demonstrates extraordinary mastery of the full symphonic range of cinematic tools: cinematography, editing, score, sound design and, perhaps greatest of all, an exquisite use of metaphor ... a film that moved us deeply, impressed us immensely, and made us feel we were witnessing nothing less than an emergence, fully formed, or a major new cinematic talent." – Tribeca Jury Statement
Awards: Best Documentary film Tribeca film festival 2018, Buyens-Chagoll Award Visions Du Reel 2018, Best documentary film Valetta Film Festival
★★★★ " Gabrielle Brady’s powerful portrait of the lives of asylum seekers warehoused on Christmas Island is fierce and compassionate." - The Guardian
★★★★ “Beautifully shot… The result is a work of Malickian grace” – Total Film
★★★★ “It’s rich in symbolism, and made more dreamy by an eerie score” – Time Out
★★★★★ “A revealing, thought-provoking, stunning film” – The Upcoming
“In this hard-hitting documentary, Gabrielle Brady draws devastating parallels between the natural, human and spiritual worlds to highlight the appalling depths of the planet’s refugee crisis” – Sight & Sound
WINNER: Best Documentary Feature - Tribeca Film Festival 2018
WINNER: International Documentary Award - Adelaide Film Festival 2018
EXCLUSIVE LIMITED SCREENINGS: Thurs & Fri 14th, 15th March @ 6:30pm plus Sat 16 March and Sun 17 March @ 1:30pm at Luna Leederville