Film Archive

International Programme 2014
Grace Under Water Anthony Lawrence

Lou is losing the cold war with her stubborn and enigmatic stepdaughter Grace when an unexpected challenge arises from the depths of a warm, dreamy afternoon at the local pool

Grace Under Water

Animated Film
Australia
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Anthony Lawrence
Anthony Lawrence
Phil Okerstrom
Jon Billington
Cindy Clarkson
Paul Howell, Anthony Lawrence, Nick Hilligoss, Kelly McGillivray-Brown
Chrissie McMahon
Phil Okerstrom, Stephen Witherow
Lou is losing the cold war with her stubborn and enigmatic stepdaughter Grace when an unexpected challenge arises from the depths of a warm, dreamy afternoon at the local pool. Shadows of the past bear down on the present as Lou is forced to face the truth about herself and the frustrating child she is trying to love.
International Programme 2018
Island of the Hungry Ghosts Gabrielle Brady

The Christmas Island crabs scuttle wherever they want. The asylum seekers interned on the island must stay where they are. A filmic reflection in powerful metaphors about the right to hospitality and forbearance.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Documentary Film
Australia,
Germany,
UK
2018
98 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alexander Wadouh
Gabrielle Brady
Aaron Cupples
Michael Latham
Katharina Fiedler
Gabrielle Brady
Leo Dolgan
There are places that make us realise instantly that they don’t need us and never did. They exist even if we don’t look at them. Christmas Island, a tiny 135 square kilometre dot in the Indian Ocean, is such a place. It probably first saw humans in 1643. It’s hard to imagine how amazed the endemic red crabs, which were alone with themselves, the tropical thicket and the snow white sandy beaches until then, must have been at this loud-mouthed guest who declared himself the great “discoverer”! The refugee reception centre on Christmas Island is another such place. Since 2001, the Australian government has detained asylum seekers here to deny them their right to regular admission procedures on the continent. The crabs continue amazed.

We are brought face to face with this amazement in the powerful images, sounds and metaphors of Gabrielle Brady’s cinematic reflection on the right to hospitality and forbearance – poetically condensed, emotionally haunting and politically poignant. First in the shape of trauma therapist Poh Lin, who helps the inmates of the detention camp come to terms with their fate while she herself is struggling to maintain composure. Then as the mythical story of the wandering spirits of the dead, told by the Chinese immigrants. And finally as a sprawling, teeming, unimpressed nature that grows and crawls wherever it pleases.

Sylvia Görke


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Mud Crab

Animated Film
Australia
2012
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Tim Brown, Bigfish.tv
Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric
Igor Coric
Spike has just caught his first mud crab. Now he and Dadda have to remove it from the crab pot without losing a finger. A well observed lesson in family diplomacy.