Myth, Metaphor & Truth: Crafting Hybrid Documentary

CRAFT Director Gabrielle Brady uses her film Island of the Hungry Ghosts as a case study to explore the creative possibilities of hybrid documentary filmmaking

Island of the Hungry Ghosts is a moving portrait of forgotten asylum seekers on Christmas Island tackling a difficult, heavily charged political issue. Rather than bombarding audiences with facts and statistics, the film uses cinematic language that stretches from myth-making and metaphor to observational storytelling, propelling the interwoven stories forward.

In this session, Gabrielle will use Island of the Hungry Ghosts as a case study to share her approach to crafting hybrid documentary on sensitive subject matter. She will contextualise the film’s hybrid elements in terms of ethics, technique, craft and performance, while also discussing the challenges.




  • Date & Time

    17:00 – 18:30, Tuesday 5 March 2019

  • Venue

    ACMI - Studio 1

  • Speaker

    Gabrielle Brady

  • Moderator

    Brittney Montag

  • Session Producer

    Brittney Montag