Choose between a feel-good story about animals, a thriller set on Everest, James Dean, Hugh Jackman’s latest and a ‘60s musical
ODDBALL (G) Australia Fair, Robina, Nerang, Yatala Drive-In
This sweet family film tells the tale of an eccentric chicken farmer, his dog and its unusual relationship with the fairy penguins of Middle Island, Victoria. This true story brings a strong positive message about conservation to young and old. It’s a buddy movie that stars Shane Jacobson, Coco Jack Gillies and Sarah Snook. First-time feature director Stuart McDonald and cinematographer Damian Wyvill make the most of the spectacular locations on the Victorian south coast.
EVEREST (M) Australia Fair, Robina, Coolangatta, Nerang, Yatala Drive-In
Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and a great ensemble star in Everest, the true story of how a lifelong obsession with the mountain became an impossible struggle for survival. This thrilling, exhausting and devastating movie tells the story of the 1996 Mt Everest disaster that claimed eight lives. Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur directs a visceral yet sober retelling of events culled from several books written about the events.
LIFE (M) The Arts Centre Gold Coast
In the winter of 1955, just prior to the New York premiere of East of Eden, the film that would make him famous, James Dean (Dane DeHaan) meets photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the two become friends. The result is some of the most celebrated candid photos of Dean, but also insights into the life of this hugely talented but immensely insecure actor who represented something new in American cinema and whose death later in 1955, at the age of 24, left him more celebrated than ever.
PAN (PG) Australia Fair, Robina, Coolangatta, Tweed City
Hugh Jackman reveals he really does have a mean bone in his body when he takes to the screen as Peter Pan’s buccaneering nemesis. The fantasy film is a rollicking new origin story to the popular Peter Pan children’s fable by Scottish novelist J.M. Barrie. Pan is directed by Joe Wright ( Atonement), and co-stars Rooney Mara ( The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily and Australian newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan.
SPECIALITY SCREENING OLIVER! (G) Kingscliff
This musical adaptation starring Ron Moody, Sharni Wallis and Oliver Reed is about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Carol Reed directs this classic 1968 film.
which stars Shane Jacobson, is based on the true story of a sheepdog who saves a colony of little penguins.