What­ever your pro­cliv­i­ties, the Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val brings to­gether a wide range of cin­e­matic pro­duc­tions from all over the world

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - LISA SIM­MONS

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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