"Ghosts... of the Civil Dead" (1988)
Directed By: John Hillcoat
Writing Credits: Nick Cave,Gene Conkie,...
Ghosts Of The Civil Dead is a startling and powerful film set entirely within the confines of a maximum security prison - a new generation prison painted in play school colours and resembling a supermarket - it goes beyond traditional prison themes of good and evil to draw a frightening allegorical portrait of the nature and organisation of our society. Central Industrial Prison is located in the middle of a desert, it's been locked down - confinement of all prisoners to their cells - following an outbreak of violence. The film flahes back to trace the events that lead to the lock down, allowing us to see the truth of the system.