Whether you’re in the mood for a good gig­gle or goose­bumps, you’ll find it among Gold Coast Film Festival’s feast for film buffs

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THE an­nual Gold Coast Film Festival will be draw­ing to a close this Sun­day, so if you haven’t had your film fix of in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed dra­mas, you’ve only got four days left to do so.

Here are some high­lights.

TONIGHT: Su­per­girl (MA15+)

Event Cine­mas Robina, 6.30pm, doc­u­men­tary Naomi is a typ­i­cal 11-year-old girl who also hap­pens to be bat­tling to be­come a cham­pion pow­er­lifter. Raised in an Ortho­dox Jewish house­hold, this doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Naomi’s up­lift­ing story as she pre­pares for her bat mitz­vah, con­fronts cy­ber-bullying, and trains to hold on to her sta­tus as the strong­est girl in the world. A warm-hearted, com­ing-of-age story, Su­per­girl fol­lows Naomi for three years of­fer­ing the au­di­ence an inspiring and in­sight­ful peek into both sides of her life, from her Ortho­dox Jewish school­ing to her weightlift­ing train­ing.

TO­MOR­ROW: What if it Works? (MA15+)

The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, 6pm, com­edy/drama Aus­tralian ac­tor and pro­ducer Romi Trower makes her di­rec­to­rial de­but in this ut­terly charming ro­man­tic com­edy fea­tur­ing Luke Ford ( An­i­mal King­dom), Brooke Satch­well and a star-mak­ing turn from new sen­sa­tion Anna Samson.

Lov­ingly filmed in the colour­ful, street-art-filled laneways of Mel­bourne, the film de­tails the un­likely courtship of Adrian, a tech­n­erd with OCD, and Grace, an artist with multiple per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. Their re­la­tion­ship can’t work, it shouldn’t work … but what if it works?

SATUR­DAY: Out of the Shad­ows (MA15+)

The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, 8.30pm, hor­ror Star­ring ris­ing Aus­tralian ac­tor Ken­dal Rae ( The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles) and di­rected by vet­eran lo­cal film­maker Dee McLach­lan ( The Jammed), Out Of The Shad­ows in­tro­duces us to a young cou­ple who discover that their new dream house holds some horrific se­crets. Play­ing like a fright­en­ing Aussie mash-up of Rose­mary’s Baby and The Ex­or­cist, this el­e­gantly mounted thriller fea­tures a gor­geously baroque score from award-winning com­poser Christo­pher Gor­don and was filmed in the lush sur­rounds of the Tweed hin­ter­land.


The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, 7pm, thriller When a ter­ror­ist at­tack hits Syd­ney re­leas­ing a highly con­ta­gious virus into the pop­u­la­tion, De­tec­tive Leyla Nas­sar ( Off­sp­ing’s Ash Ri­cardo) must find the cul­prits while the Deputy Premier Pamela Laird (Zoe Carides) bat­tles power-hun­gry politi­cians ea­ger to use the catas­tro­phe for their own ne­far­i­ous means. This pulse-pound­ing ac­tion thriller plays like a sea­son of TV’s 24, set in Syd­ney and crammed into a breath­lessly paced 100 min­utes. Also stars Ni­cholas Hope.

Anna Samson and Luke Ford star in ro­man­tic com­edy What if it Works?

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