Crew bios

GABRIELLE BRADY – Director, Writer and Producer
Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes documentary and hybrid films. Gabrielle studied direction at the Cuban International Film School (EICTV), were she lived and made films for three years. Gabrielle has lived nomadically for the past ten years, traveling between Cuba, Mongolia, Indonesia, the Australian central desert and Europe. Her short film Island was commissioned as part of the Guardian documentary series and premiered at the 2017 Sheffield festival. Island Of The Hungry Ghosts is her first feature-length film. http://www.gabrielle-brady.com/

POH LIN LEE – Narrative Practice Consultant
Poh Lin Lee is an Australian social worker who has been providing narrative therapy to individuals, families and communities for the 12 years across a number of countries and contexts. Poh Lin is dedicated to creatively co-researching alternative practices in response to trauma, injustice and the operations of power that render people, families and communities limited in their possibilities for practices of life and expressions that reflect their values and commitments. Poh Lin is a member of the international teaching faculty of Dulwich Centre and is on the teaching faculty for the Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community work at Melbourne University.

MICHAEL LATHAM – Cinematographer
A graduate of VCA school of Film and Television, Michael Latham began working in film between documentary and narrative films. With key collaborators he has garnered success locally and internationally. Michael’s debut documentary feature, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, was his first collaboration with director Kitty Green. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, the film went on to be nominated for 7 AACTA awards, winning Best Documentary. Their next project, The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, won Sundance’s prize for the Best Short Documentary. More recently, the Netflix Original Casting JonBenet also premiered at Sundance. Michael’s other collaborations include Luci Schroder’s Sundance short Slapper and Rodd Rathjen’s Cannes short Tau Seru. Both projects went on to win best Australian short awards.

KATHARINA FIEDLER – Editor
Katharina Fiedler has worked as an editor since 2007. Her films have earned accolades worldwide, including at the Berlinale, IDFA, Los Angeles and Hong Kong film festivals, and many others. Her thesis film A Letter From Germany (director: Sebastian Mez) screened widely and won the Prix George Foundation 2011 at Visions du Réel in Nyon. Metamorphosen (director: Sebastian Mez) had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2013 and was nominated for the First Steps Award. Her film My Name Is Salt (director: Farida Pacha) won the IDFA Award for First Appearance in Amsterdam and over 30 other international awards and was nominated for the Deutscher Kamerapreis in editing. She was recognized for Berlinale Talents and lives and works in Berlin.

LEO DOLGAN – Sound Designer
Leo Dolgan studied sound engineering in Huesca (Spain) and he specialized in sound for cinema at the EICTV (International Film & TV School) in Cuba. He has been in charge of the sound for more than 15 professional feature films, including Island Of The Hungry Ghosts, Mi Querida Cofradía and One. After having worked overseas for six years, he currently lives in Barcelona, where he combines his work as a sound mixer with sound post production and teaching. He is the sound manager at the post production company Moonlight Barcelona and he teaches sound for cinema at the Catalonia Film School and Barcelona Activa.

AARON CUPPLES – Composer
Aaron Cupples is an Australian-born, London-based composer and record producer, working internationally with alternative and experimental artists such as Blanck Mass, Spiritualized, The Drones, and his own project, Civil Civic. Island Of The Hungry Ghosts is his first feature-length score as a film composer, which was created almost entirely with oversized, stretched and augmented wire instrumentation. The bespoke wire instruments were tuned, bowed and electromagnetically oscillated, resulting in rich and haunting layers of resonance to give voice to themes of isolation, migration and incarceration set amongst the ancient landscapes of the island and the intangible, enduring nature of human conviction.

ALEXANDER WADOUH – Lead Producer
Alexander Wadouh has been working in the film industry since 1999. He completed his studies in film production at the DFFB in 2006. He then went on to work for the Berlin-based production company Essential Film GmbH on numerous international art-house movies, as well as for the French World Sales Coproduction Office. In 2006, Alexander founded the film production company Chromosom Film with the goal to develop and produce national and international projects for all distribution channels. His films have won multiple awards (German Film Prizes, European Film Award, Bronze Lion, etc.) and have been screened in festivals and cinemas around the world.

SAMM HAILLAY – UK Producer
As lead producer at Third Films, Samm Haillay has eight feature credits to his name, including coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia. He is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. Samm sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature Expanded and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London and FACT. Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic.

ALEX KELLY – Australian Producer
Alex Kelly is a Mparntwe, Central Australian based artist and filmmaker. Alex worked for ten years with leading Australian social change arts company Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014. Alex’s documentary credits include producing The Island, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project, production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She has recently joined the team on Maya Newell’s forthcoming film KIDS (working title) as impact producer. In 2013 Alex was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA. Alex is a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. http://echotango.org/

GIZEM ACARLA – German Producer
Gizem Acarla is a Turkish filmmaker and producer based in Cologne, Germany. During her master studies in Film and TV in Istanbul, she worked as production manager and freelance producer in commercials, music video promos and short films. In 2014, she moved to Germany to pursue her postgraduate studies on film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. After working for the acclaimed German production company Heimatfilm and participating in three international co-productions, one of which was premiered in Cannes 2015, Gizem founded her own company Various Films in 2015.