As Told by CHRISTOPHER LEE / A film by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE JEAUFFRE
USA/France, 60 min., 2000. Format DVD/NTSC/REGION1/English-French
“Where the punishement was worse than the crime.”
Imagine the prison of Alcatraz, only 10 times worse, built on tropical, hellish and deadly islands, lost to the rest of the world. Three tiny castaway islands rise away from the coast of French Guyana, in South America: The Devil’s Islands. Now buried under an impenetrable jungle, lay the lost remains of what had been for a hundred years the most storied convict prison in history.
Now 50 years after the prison doors slammed shut for the last time, we explore what’s left of the Devil’s Islands’ unbelievably dark and oppressive realm. Follow Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and his crew as he reveals the secrets of another lost world. Witness up-close the disintegration of the stone and iron ruins in the grip of the implacable jungle. Legendary actor Christopher Lee (Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings…) tells an amazing journey into what was called the “Green Hell” and the history of forgotten souls who had found doom there.
Production company : Jules Verne Adventures / Voyage Channel
Written and Directed by Jean-Christophe Jeauffre / Produced by Frédéric Dieudonné and Mireille Sanial
Photographed by Philippe Semard / Thierry Anne / Jean-Christophe Jeauffre
Music Composed by John Scott