Chasing Asylum

by Eva Orner

On Sale: 26/04/2016


About the Book

Angry and frustrated with Australia's asylum seeker and refugee policies, Eva Orner, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, returned home after a decade living in the States to make the documentary Chasing Asylum about the issue.

Embarking on a tumultuous eighteen months, Eva travelled to Indonesia, Cambodia, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iran, spending time with and filming asylum seekers, as well as interviewing politicians, activists and commentators including David Marr and Malcolm Fraser. She smuggled a pen camera into an Indonesian jail to interview a convicted people smuggler, she talked to whistle blowers in Australia, and in Iran she met with the family of the man killed in the Manus Island riot.

Chasing Asylum is a compelling insight into a filmmaker's journey, and a very personal story of the cost, risks and rewards of putting yourself on the line for a film and for a cause.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460751930
  • ISBN 10: 1460751930
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 26/04/2016
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 29.99 AUD


Academy and Emmy Award winner Eva Orner is an Australian documentary filmmaker who has been based in Los Angeles and New York for the past decade. Eva returned to Australia in 2014 to work on her latest documentary, CHASING ASYLUM, released in May 2016, which tackles Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Eva directed and produced THE NETWORK (2013) and her producing credits include the feature documentaries TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and GONZO. Her work has screened at festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca and Sydney, has been released theatrically and sold to television across the globe.

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