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Island of the Hungry Ghosts casts an undeniably hypnotic spell. The documentary also serves as an important reminder that the United States is far from alone in mistreating its would-be immigrants.
The result is at once acutely distressing and quite lovely, transforming the island into something primitive and inscrutable.
A fierce, valuable, compassionate film.
The film is beautifully photographed by Michael Latham, has an excellent music score by Aaron Cupples, and is never less than intriguing. But Brady's decision to withhold vital information from the viewer is rather self-defeating.
...clever, innovative filmmaking from a director worth paying attention to.
The film is a haunting portrait of the island as a purgatorial realm between the poles of isolation and liberation.
We get a sense of the place as a slightly eerie limbo, but the limits of the film's scope are frustrating.
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.
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.
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