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It's a potent, profoundly moving approach to an extensively covered subject. And it's a timely reminder that a society must be judged by the way it treats the desperate and vulnerable.
This might almost be the island of The Tempest, a place with a stark message for humanity.
A fierce, valuable, compassionate film.
Aesthetically speaking, all the footage here is worthwhile, it's just the film makes its point a little too swiftly and obviously.
Island of Hungry Ghosts focuses on Australia's questionable human rights record through a poetic and lyrical lens.
While a subject like imprisonment and the exile of asylum seekers could succumb to Alan Jones style bullying, Island of the Hungry Ghosts chooses an altogether different route. It's a lure; a tug at your very soul.
They are prisoners in all but name. Yet director Brady is also conscious of the fact that these stories are in danger of becoming white noise, just another story or film about refugees.
Brady inspires an audience to lean in, with the accumulation of small details gradually adding up to something extraordinarily powerful.
Weaves its threads together in an astute, empathetic and impassioned manner, all while remaining cognisant that nothing within the film exists in a vacuum.
Poetic and impressionistic, this is urgent, angry filmmaking that reaches for something transcendent in its exploration of the conflict between precarious, precious nature and deeply human evil.
With the environment constantly under worldwide attack, this is one place nature is winning.
The movie's insistence on unnecessary opacity is a critical weakness.
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