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Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Claudia Karvan

When director Warwick Thornton decided to produce a movie about people recounting their first hand indigenous ghost stories, it was decided an advertisement in the newspapers would be the most efficient way to spread awareness. Most of the entries received were very emotional about family members who had passed on.

From 150 entries received the 12 most effective entries were chosen, and actors were cast as storytellers not to re-enact the story, but to re-enact the interview. Hence a film was born, a collection of ghostly indigenous tales about connection to “the other side” filmed throughout Sydney.

What would have worked well on a literary platform unfortunately failed to ignite on film. Watching twelve actors telling ghost stories on camera was quite an endurance test, proving to be a dreadfully dull and uneventful experience as interest fizzled soon after the first couple of stories.

Restlessness quickly set in and it became impossible to be attentive, as we pondered what the point was to this 90 minute quasi documentary styled feature which would even have trouble mustering interest in art house cinemas.

Why these high profile actors became involved in such an uninspiring project is unfathomable, especially Claudia Karvan, who participated in the most ridiculous and embarrassing dance sequence in movie history.
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