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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

(Rated PG)

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Presented for 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN

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Overview

On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee, who visits them every day to offer her support, travelling through the island's beautiful yet threatening landscape. From Australia writer/director Gabrielle Brady, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a poetic and profoundly moving hybrid documentary that glides between the migrations of the biosphere and the chaotic movement of humans with surreal grace.

Winner: Best Documentary (Tribeca Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival)
"Powerful portrait ... fierce and compassionate."
— The Guardian
“A revealing, thought-provoking, stunning film”
— The Upcoming
“Beautifully shot… The result is a work of Malickian grace”
— Total Film
“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

Why You Should See This Film

Exclusive to Golden Age in Sydney, Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a lush, haunting portrait of an alien landscape, using exquisite visual metaphor and delicate sound design. It's no surprise that it was awarded the Best Documentary Film prize at Tribeca Film Festival and has received myriad accolades the world over. One thing is for sure — it will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Presented for 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN

"The Biennale of Sydney plays an indispensable role in Australia's engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. In 2018, it attracted visitation of more than 850,000, the highest level in the Biennale's 45-year history" – Barbara Moore, CEO – Biennale of Sydney

The inaugural Biennale of Sydney was held in 1973 as part of the opening celebrations of the Sydney Opera House. Initiated by Founding Governor Franco Belgiorno-Nettis and supported by Founding Patrons Transfield Holdings, the Biennale of Sydney was the first exhibition of its kind to be established in the Asia-Pacific region. Alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, it is one of the longest running periodic exhibitions around the globe.

Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries and holds an important place on both the national and international stage.

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  • Year: 2018
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Gabrielle Brady
  • Cast: Poh Lin Lee
  • Duration: 98 minutes
  • Language: English
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