CATCH A WAVE OF LOCAL TALENT AT THE GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL
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.