Thor star toast of Coast for pre­miere

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT AND LEA EMERY

THE Gold Coast climbs aboard the su­per­hero jug­ger­naut that is Thor: Rag­narok tonight when Robina Town Cen­tre hosts the film’s Aus­tralian pre­miere.

VIPS, spe­cial guests and a cast and crew of thou­sands will con­verge on the red car­pet at Event Cin­e­mas hop­ing to catch a glimpse – and a selfie – with the film’s star, Chris Hemsworth, and direc­tor Taika Waititi.

Tonight’s screen­ing comes hot on the heels of Thor: Rag­narok’s world pre­miere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, with fans able to watch VIPs and celebs hit the red car­pet from 5.30pm be­fore the film screens from 6.30pm.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, one of the VIPS at­tend­ing tonight’s pre­miere, said word of mouth from stars such as Hemsworth and co-star Mark Ruf­falo and Aqua­man’s Amber Heard and Ja­son Mo­moa had helped boost our film in­dus­try’s rep­u­ta­tion.

“They go out din­ing, they are left alone and they ac­tu­ally en­joy their life ex­pe­ri­ence. They go back and say the Gold Coast is a great place to film.

“Ev­ery­one wants to film here. I say to them they are all welcome, just don’t bring your dogs,” he said.

Cr Tate said stu­dios could get per­mis­sion to film quickly.

“We work in con­junc­tion with Screen Queens­land very well and we have of­fi­cers scout­ing ma­jor film who are look­ing for good lo­ca­tions and the like,” he said.

Village Road­show’s Sound Stage 9, the big draw­card for bringing Thor: Rag­narok to the city, is about to be shut down and con­verted into in­door squash courts for next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games.

Cr Tate said this had stalled the film in­dus­try a lit­tle.

“So when you take away the su­per sound stage, you know, peo­ple they need that kind of level,” he said.

“Post the Com­mon­wealth Games I think you will see some fea­ture films be­ing filmed here in the city.”

Event Cin­e­mas Robina hosts the Thor: Rag­narok pre­miere tonight, with red car­pet ar­rivals from 6.30pm.

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