Island is a film about women and their struggle with fate.
Three women – an Australian (Eva Sitta), a Sri Lankan (Anoja Weerasinghe) and a Greek (Irene Papas) – meet on a Greek island in the Dodecanese. All are exiles of some kind, escaping from their own personal tragedies. Their lives become inextricably linked by their common desires and mutual fear of the outside world. Ultimately it is the island itself and the generosity and warmth of the islanders which leads all three women into revelations about themselves and their place in the world.
Exploring a spectrum of emotions ranging from extreme passion to abject fear, leading to murder, from loneliness to wanton sensuality, this powerful psychological drama confirms Paul Cox’s reputation as a most thoughtful and provocative director.
“Although set in the ancient world of a small island somewhere between Greece and Turkey, Island deals with contemporary issues.
The destruction of individuality in Western society for instance, or the confusion, madness and brutality of the political situation in Sri Lanka.
Island is about arriving and departing, about home and homesickness, about east and west, and of course about love” – Paul Cox