Whatever your proclivities, the Gold Coast Film Festival brings together a wide range of cinematic productions from all over the world
The stuff of dreams and nightmares will be explored when the Gold Coast Film Festival continues this week. Highlights include free community screenings of the Disney classic Mary Poppins at Helensvale Library and Community Centre, with audiences encouraged to dress as their favourite character from the film.
Meanwhile, at Pacific Fair, the program of 40-plus films continues with highlights expected to include Escape from Tomorrow, the tale of a father who takes his family on vacation to Disney World where the friendly park takes on sinister overtones.
The fantasy horror film was filmed secretly by its director Randy Moore. Highlights include a Queensland premiere of Galore, starring Logan actress Lily Sullivan in a coming-of-age tale filmed against the backdrop of the 2003 Canberra bushfires in her first feature film since she appeared in PJ Hogan’s Mental.
The festival closes with a sneak peak of The Babadook, a much anticipated new Australian psychological thriller that stars Essie Davis ( Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) ahead of its May premiere, not to mention screenings of international blockbusters Unforgiven, a Japanese reboot of the Clint Eastwood classic and Monkey King 3D, the Chinese blockbuster based on a classic which offers up a prequel to the cult TV series.
Tonight pits teams of four in a contest for prizes and a trophy at the first Gold Coast Film Festival movie trivia night at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from 5.30pm. Program highlights this week include: Thursday, 7pm, Pacific Fair: Tale of an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house in Portland, Oregon, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife, holidaying in Italy. Mindbending thriller penned and directed by Michael Bartlett. Stars RJ Mitte ( Breaking Bad), Lindsey Haun ( Shrooms) and Blake Berris ( Days of our Lives). Australian premiere. Friday, 5pm, Pacific Fair: Australian premiere. Set against the 2003 Canberra bushfires, Galore sees four teens navigate the troubled waters of adolescent relationships in a world brimming with possibilities and contradictions. Rhys Graham ( The Turning) directs. Stars Ashleigh Cummings ( Puberty Blues), Lily Sullivan ( Mental) and Toby Wallace ( Return to Nim’s Island). Cast and crew attend a Q&A post-screening. Queensland premiere. Friday, 7pm, Pacific Fair: Actress Kimberley Joseph ( Lost) makes her directorial debut for this documentary which follows the lives of the people living around the Polygon, an area in Kazakhstan where the former Soviet Union tested the impact of nuclear weapons on the population. Joseph attends a Q&A post-screening. Friday, 7.30pm, Pacific Fair: A woman finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilisation and ruled by the laws of nature. Austrian/ German drama and Berlin International Film Festival 2012 favourite directed by Julian Polsler. Stars Martina Gedeck ( The Baader Meinhof Complex).
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