Movie-goers will be spoilt for choice when the Gold Coast Film Festival offers up an array of flicks from around the globe
Films screen at Birch Carroll & Coyle Pacific Fair, while free family films to screen at community centres and parks this weekend and next.
Festival highlights include red-carpet events, after-parties, seminars and workshops helmed by guest filmmakers including Ian Collie ( Saving Mr Banks), Brad Peyton ( San Andreas), film composer Loic Valmy and Pozible’s crowd funding guru Alan Crabbe.
Art exhibitions will be staged in tandem with the festival. They include Pop-Projects, a reimagining of classic movie posters by photographer Darren Phillips at Robina Community Gallery, continuing to April 13, the return of the Studio Oxmox Heroes and Villains sculptures at Pacific Fair Centre Court until April 30 and the Royal Queensland Art Society’s re- imagining movies competition for artists which continues at the RQAS Gallery through April.
Sadly, a Gold Coast Arts Centre screening of a singalong edition of Grease has been cancelled.
Weekend highlights include a screening of documentary, I Know That Voice, featuring the world’s best voice actors talking about their craft. One of the film’s stars John DiMaggio ( Futurama, Adventure Time), in town for the Supanova pop culture expo this weekend, will attend to answer questions from the audience.
The program features premieres of choice foreign films from South Korea, Japan, China, South Africa and Israel, many hits from festivals at Tribeca, Toronto, Berlin and Abu Dhabi.
The program for week one of the festival includes: Today, 7pm, Pacific Fair: The adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. New film directed by Wes Andersen ( Moonrise Kingdom). Stars Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori. Opening film launches with a red carpet from 6pm. Encore Sunday at 3pm. Friday, 6.30pm, Pacific Fair: A couple travel to a music festival in Ireland but with night and rain falling, and the direction signs leading them round in endless circles of tunnel-like sunken roads, it starts to seem that someone – or something – is out to get them. Thriller directed by Jeremy Lovering ( Killing Hitler). Stars Iain De Caestecker ( Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Alice Englert ( Beautiful Creatures) and Allen Leech ( Downtown Abbey). Friday, 7pm, Pacific Fair: Young researcher discovers her pharmaceutical company employer has developed a cure for cancer but hasn’t released it because it will destroy chemotherapy drug sales. Sci-fi thriller directed David Gould ( The Adventures of Tintin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings). Stars Antonia Prebble, Daniel Lissing, Stephen Lovatt and John Bach. Australian premiere. Friday, 8.15pm, Pacific Fair: 40th anniversary screening of the film described as the best horror movie made. Five friends are hunted by a chainsawwielding killer and his family. Stars Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal and Allen Danzinger. Tobe Hooper directs.
Woody Allen and John Turturro in Fading Gigolo