ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOST - Friday 14th June 2019
#RefugeeWeek 2019 is drawing to a close. We thank the people who helped 'share the story' this week at Charlton. To our Q & A host Dave Lennon, our guest speakers Christine Cummins and Guy Gilbert and the many people who attended the screening 'Island of the Hungry Ghosts', thank you one and all for listening and caring about the record high 70.8 million displaced people globally. For further information of how you can help contact https://www.ruralaustraliansforrefugees.org.au/
Movies That Matter 19/05/2019
‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts’ screening at The Rex Theatre, Charlton 14th June at 7pm
If there is one film to see this year, then it is the internationally acclaimed documentary film ‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts’. On awarding it best documentary 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival New York, the jury summarised it as a ‘…film that moved us deeply, impressed us immensely and made us feel we were witnessing nothing less than the emergence, fully formed, of a major new cinematic talent.’
That talent is Gabrielle Brady, an Australian filmmaker, currently living part-time in Berlin, who weaves the mythical and the real world into her lyrical documentary, telling a story that many did not want told. Her work is described as an ‘… an exquisite use of metaphor.’
‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts’ is set on Christmas Island and Brady, with a deft touch, weaves a narrative that follows the annual migration of the red crabs, Chinese mysticism rites and the work of Poh Lin Lee, a trauma counsellor who works with asylum seekers.
Beautiful and haunting images of ‘island life’ are captured by Australian cinematographer Michael Latham and the film is visually superb. No wonder it has now won several awards including: Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018; the Buyens-Chagoll Award at Visions du Réel 2018 Switzerland's most important documentary festival and one of the most highly respected such events in Europe; Grand Jury Prize at Mumbai International Film Festival; The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Human Rights Award; Best Documentary Crested Butte Festival, Best Documentary Film Adelaide Film Festival, Best Documentary Film Valetta Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival Mercurius Award.
This special screening on Friday 14 June at the Rex Theatre Charlton coincides with the start of Refugee Week. This year’s theme is ‘A world of stories’ and to help bring the stories of refugees to a wider audience, retired ABC presenter Dave Lennon will be hosting a post screening Q & A with Christine Cummins (formerly of Wycheproof) a Torture and Trauma counsellor who was based on Christmas Island for five years and has now authored a book ‘Dignity in a Teacup’ that recounts her long career of working with refugees in many parts of the world. Joining the Q&A panel is Guy Gilbert SC a co-author of the ‘Refugee Law’ chapter of the ‘Lawyers Practice Manual’ and former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal, who also has an extensive career in working with refugees.
See ‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts’ at The Rex Theatre Charlton, Friday 14 June 7 pm. Tickets are $15 adult, including a complimentary glass of wine and $10 for under 15 years. Pre-bookings are advisable as this film is only showing for one night. So, gather your friends and enjoy an evening watching a movie that matters. Tickets are available online at www.trybooking.com/497646,