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ISLE OF DOGS (PG) Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, HOTA

When all the ca­nine pets of Me­gasaki City are ex­iled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Is­land, 12-year-old Atari sets off in search of his body­guard-dog, Spots. There, with the as­sis­tance of a pack of newly-found mon­grel friends, he be­gins an epic jour­ney that will de­cide the fate and fu­ture of the en­tire Pre­fec­ture.

RAM­PAGE (M) Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town

Based on the clas­sic 1980s video game fea­tur­ing apes and mon­sters de­stroy­ing cities, Ram­page stars Dwayne John­son, Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan, Naomie Har­ris and Jake Lacy.

SPE­CIAL SCREEN­INGS BREATH (M) Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val April 19, Event Cin­e­mas Pa­cific Fair

Ac­tor Si­mon Baker re­turns to Aus­tralia for his di­rec­to­rial de­but, bring­ing Tim Win­ton’s iconic novel to the big screen. As well as di­rect­ing, Baker co-wrote and starred in this warm and lyri­cal com­ing-ofage story set on the beaches of West­ern Aus­tralia in the 1970s. As two young boys are in­tro­duced to the ex­cite­ment of surf­ing after meet­ing an older pro-surfer and his wife, the early thrills quickly es­ca­late into ob­ses­sions, both on sea and land. Baker and his cast, in­clud­ing Sam­son Coul­ter and Ben Spence, will be on the Pa­cific Fair red car­pet for the film’s Queens­land pre­miere.

SUM­MER 1993 (15+) Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val April 20, HOTA

Sum­mer 1993 is the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal de­but of Carla Si­mon, a ma­jor new voice in in­ter­na­tional cin­ema. Trans­form­ing a fa­mil­iar com­ing-of-age tale into some­thing that feels del­i­cately orig­i­nal, Si­mon’s ten­der mem­oir has blazed a trail through the world’s big­gest film fes­ti­vals after win­ning Best First Fea­ture at the Ber­li­nale last year.

I KILL GIANTS (15+) Gold Coast Film Fes­ti­val April 21, HOTA

Based on a cult comic book se­ries of the same name,

I Kill Giants tells the story of teenage girl Bar­bara, who es­capes from re­al­ity into a fan­tasy world where she hunts and kills giants. Sophia, the new girl in town, quickly be­friends Bar­bara and re­al­ity blurs with fan­tasy as the two friends nav­i­gate the prickly ter­rain of teenage life and gi­ant hunt­ing.

New stop-mo­tion an­i­mated com­edy Isle of Dogs prom­ises plenty of laughs.

Sam­son Coul­ter in a scene from the new film adap­tion of Tim Win­ton’s iconic novel Breath.

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