GHOSTHUNTER (M)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE LIFE, AUS­TRALIA, 94 MIN This mov­ing, con­found­ing, un­set­tling and subtly af­fect­ing doc­u­men­tary started out in 2010 as a por­trait of a Syd­ney se­cu­rity guard who had a sec­ond ca­reer go­ing as a ghost hunter. Just like the Ghost­busters, you only had to give Ja­son King a call, and he would clear your home of all oth­er­worldly pests. How­ever, as first-time doco di­rec­tor Ben Lawrence grad­u­ally dis­cov­ered, there were ghosts in Ja­son’s own world that he had never been able to ban­ish. Many were un­leashed by his fa­ther, a mys­te­ri­ous and malev­o­lent fig­ure who aban­doned Ja­son as a child. What fol­lows, as the blanks from Ja­son’s past are slowly filled in, is a con­fronting and of­ten heart­break­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Some very brave peo­ple step for­ward to share their sto­ries, Ja­son King in­cluded.

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