Gabrielle Brady | Reviews/Press
Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who creates and directs documentary hybrid films.
filmmaker, film, documentary, artist, video, Christmas Island, Mongolia, Berlin, Tribeca
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REVIEWS

‘A revealing, thought-provoking, stunning film”

★★★★★ THE UPCOMING

The best documentary award goes to a film that demonstrates extraordinary mastery of the full symphonic range of cinematic tools: cinematography, editing, score, sound design and, perhaps greatest of all, an exquisite use of metaphor. To 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.

– Tribeca Jury

“There is a true ruminative beauty here in Brady’s impressionistic portrait of this haunted island out of time.”

– Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

“The magic of documentary filmmaking comes alive in this film… A thunderstorm of sensation… A powerful statement.”

– Briana Atkins, The Knockturnal

“Hauntingly beautiful Island of the Hungry Ghosts combines multiple narratives…into one glorious whole… Powerful cinema… A mesmerizing work of visual wonder, the breathtaking images forming an evocative setting for a vital discussion of human rights… A rapturous viewing experience… A stunning, visceral first feature, announcing the director as a major talent to watch”

– Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Festival today

“A fascinating metaphoric collision.”

– Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine.com

‘A fierce, valuable, compassionate film.’

( ★★★★ out of 5) Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

“[A] poetic profile of the forgotten asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island… Lush cinematography… Timely subject matter.”

– Laurence Boyce, Screen International

‘ A timely reminder that a society must be judged by the way it treats the desperate and vulnerable.’

( ★★★★ out of 5) Wendy Ide, The Observer

“Gorgeous… [A] beautifully rendered portrait of an alien landscape… Reality is suspended and in its place Brady’s surrealist dreamscape, shot breathtakingly by Michael Latham, becomes an all-encompassing tribunal on man’s inhumanity to man in a clandestine landscape filled with lost spirits.”

– Pamela Cohn, Filmmaker Magazine.com

A sad and singular documentary.

( ★★★★ out of 5) Danny Leigh, Financial Times

“ Island of the Hungry Ghosts is one of the year’s most impressively made documentaries, a film that’s as occasionally surreal as it is persistently moving. Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a true discovery.”

– Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast.

“[A] standout… This is a film that lingers with you long after it’s gone.” – Patricia Aufderheide, Documentary.org

( ★★★★ out of 5) – Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

“A documentary overflowing with empathy, poetry, and elemental power.”

– Hubert Vigilla, Flixist

“Hauntingly beautiful.”

– Helen Kaplow, Indie NYC

PRESS 

THE GUARDIAN
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/03/the-film-that-reveals-an-island-idylls-traumatic-secret
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/10/island-hungry-ghosts-review-australia-guantanamo-gabrielle-brady

FINANCIAL TIMES
https://www.ft.com/content/3dae28e4-14e9-11e9-a581-4ff78404524e

THE OBSERVER
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/13/island-of-the-hungry-ghosts-review-timely-documentary-australia-asylum-camp

INSIDE FILM
https://www.if.com.au/tag/gabrielle-brady/

THE SPINOFF
https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/30-07-2018/nziff-the-green-fog-island-of-the-hungry-ghosts-mirai-let-the-corpses-tan-more/

FILM MAKER MAG
https://filmmakermagazine.com/106056-the-trees-are-calling-the-films-and-pitches-of-camden-international-film-festival-2018/#.W827RlJoTOR

MOVEABLE FEST
http://moveablefest.com/island-of-hungry-ghosts/

FLICKS
https://www.flicks.com.au/reviews/the-christmas-island-documentary-island-of-the-hungry-ghosts-is-profoundly-cinematic/

ACCTA
https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/news/aacta-docs-fest-tales-of-loss-redemption-and-forgiveness/

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE.COM, Scott Macaulay
https://filmmakermagazine.com/105173-23-films-and-virtual-reality-works-were-looking-forward-to-at-the-tribeca-film-festival/#.Wtn6QtPwYch

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE.COM, Pamela Cohn
https://filmmakermagazine.com/105188-lumpy-throated-and-teary-in-nyon-visions-du-reel-2018/#.Wt9aYNPwYdU

IT’S JUST MOVIES, Ron Wilkinson
Reviewed (8 out of 10) on 4/24:
http://itsjustmovies.com/review-island-of-the-hungry-ghosts

THE KNOCKTURNAL
https://theknockturnal.com/tribeca-film-festival-review-island-of-the-hungry-ghosts/

BBC TV, Tom Brook
Interview with Gabrielle Brady and Poh Lin Lee on 4/27:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fw82zmigkhkhxfo/BBC%20World-Talking%20Movies%20-%20Island%20Of%20The%20Hungry%20Ghosts.mp4?dl=0
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct2kqp

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD
Interview with Gabrielle Brady on 4/16:
https://blog.womenandhollywood.com/tribeca-2018-women-directors-meet-gabrielle-brady-island-of-the-hungry-ghosts-e3289d46c83b

HAMMER TO NAIL
http://www.hammertonail.com/interviews/gabrielle-brady/