Trailer released for detention-centre doco from Oscar-winner Eva Orner

10 March, 2016 by Staff Writer

The trailer has been released for Chasing Asylum, a new documentary from Academy Award Australian Eva Orner.


Orner produced Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Chasing Asylum goes inside offshore detention centres, and is billed as "the film the Australian government doesn't want you to see", presenting the personal stories of detainees sent to live indefinitely on Manus Island and Nauru.

“Living in the USA for much of the past decade, I watched with increasing sadness as the Australia I know and love was dragged into a climate of fear by successive governments determined to convince us of the dangers of boat people", Orner said.

"I really hope that Chasing Asylum informs and engages Australians to think more openly about the individual experiences of displaced people seeking a safer life.”

Orner previously directed documentary The Network in 2013, and produced Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson in 2008.

Chasing Asylum also features testimony from those who have worked on Manus and Nauru, including security guards, social workers and interpreters. 

The filmmakers are looking at a May release.