The Gold Coast Film Festival is coming up with a new wave of entertainment
We may be buried down at the bottom of the globe but that certainly doesn’t mean that Australia misses out when it comes to culture. Some of the best film festivals in the world wash up on our sandy shores, however it is in our own backyard that the real magic happens. Returning to our southern neighbours, the Gold Coast Film Festival will be spreading its mammoth offering over various locations from April 19–30 – trust us when we say that this line-up is well worth a little roadtrip.
When we say big, we mean it – this year, the Gold Coast Film Festival will comprise roughly 120 films and film-related events being held across the entire city and surrounds, from internationally acclaimed dramas to comedies and locally made indie gems. The 32 films on offer in the program will be accompanied by a host of short films, events, panels and intimate Q&As with filmmakers. All of the action kicks off on Wednesday April 19 with a screening of fast-paced adventure film Pork Pie, which captures the story of a mismatched trio of accidental outlaws played by Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit), Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues) and James Rolleston (Boy). Punters will also be privy to the Australian premiere of sci-fi film SFV1: The Osiris Child on Friday April 21, which will be followed by a Q&A session with director Shane Abbess and actor Isabel Lucas (Transformers, Daybreakers, Home and Away).
Special events also include a new activation at Robina Town Centre, which will see the space transform into a film-lovers haven with the launch of Documentary Season at Event Cinemas Robina. On Friday April 28, the centre will host Brewed at the Kitchens – an evening of coffee demonstrations, espresso martinis, tastings and a unique film screening of Barista. The movie magic will also head south with Coolangatta hosting a brand-new film event – Surf Classics at Coolangatta. The two-day free event will celebrate the swingin’ 60s and surf culture with nights of entertainment, competition and classic cinema. The Endless Summer will screen on top of the stunning Kirra Hill on Saturday 29 April, followed by a screening of family-favourite Surf’s Up on Sunday 30 April.
This is just a little taste of what to expect – check out the full event program over here and start planning.