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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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Synopsis

A cinematic hybrid film which tells the tragedy of Australia’s biggest offshore refugee detention centre against the backdrop of seemingly ordinary life on this remote Island.
Christmas Island, home to the famous red crabs, itself is a protagonist and in its beautiful yet threatening landscape we witness past and present moments of chaotic human migrations, that play out in stark contrast to its own ancient rhythms. Through stories of the islands first human migrations and the natural phenomenon of the annual crab migration, we come to arrive at a darker side of this seemingly idyllic paradise. Hidden in the core of the jungle sits Australia’s biggest offshore refugee detention centre. It was built to not be seen, yet in this film every encounter takes us closer, every direction leads us there.
The crab migration comes to serve as an allegory for the natural movements of migration; ancient and timeless. The natural spectacle sits in stark contrast to the chaotic human movements and entrapment that are senseless and absurd.
Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2018 - Documentary Competition - World premiere

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
93 mins
Format
Digital
Director
Gabrielle Brady 1st Feature
Producer
Alexander Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady
Co-Producer
Julia Niethammer
Executive Producer
Lizzie Franke, Sarah Perks
Editor
Katharina Fiedler
Screenwriter
Gabrielle Brady
Director of Photography
Michael Latham
Sound
Leo Dolgan
Music
Aaron Cupples
Principal Cast
Poh-Lin Lee
Film Image
© Chromosom GmbH
Film Title Note
FKA Christmas Island

Genre

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Last updated 14th March 2018

Production Company

Australia, Germany, UK coproduction

Third Films
Samm Haillay
Kingsland Church Studios
Priory Green
Byker
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE6 2DW
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office@thirdfilms.co.uk
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