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
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.
SUNDAY CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: Event Zero (R18+)
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?