Film win for Kelso High graduate Gabrielle Brady

BRIGHT FUTURE: Former Kelso High student Gabrielle Brady has drawn praise for her prize-winning documentary Island Of The Hungry Ghosts.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Former Kelso High student Gabrielle Brady has drawn praise for her prize-winning documentary Island Of The Hungry Ghosts.

A FORMER Kelso High student has picked up a prestigious prize with her first feature length film.

Gabrielle Brady’s Island Of The Hungry Ghosts was named the best documentary feature at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Ms Brady, a multi-lingual film-maker, received the Kelso High School Decade Award in 2016, which recognises a student who completed their education at the school 10 or more years before and has gone on to excel in their chosen field.

Island Of The Hungry Ghosts, written by and directed by Ms Brady, follows a trauma counsellor on Christmas Island who works with the asylum-seekers in the Australian Government’s detention centre, contrasting her experiences with the migration of the island’s crabs.

The Tribeca Film Festival jury comment said Ms Brady’s film announces her as a new talent.

“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, we are thrilled to award the best documentary award to Island Of The Hungry Ghosts.”

Ms Brady did a double degree in theatre media and communications at CSU Bathurst after leaving Kelso High and has lived in Mongolia, Cuba, Indonesia and Germany in the years since.